To earn its first-ever UEFA Champions League title, Chelsea can thank a guy who might not even be on the club next season. With his team’s backs against the wall and a daunting Bayern Munich side minutes away from victory, Didier Drogba came to the rescue when he headed home an equalizer that snatched that victory away from their German opponents’ grasp. And when the match came down to penalty kicks, it was Drogba who drilled home the deciding goal that sealed the West London club’s fate as kings of Europe:
But this was hardly a one-man show. There was also Chelsea’s back line playing gutty defense that mostly withstood an unrelenting Munich onslaught, Petr Cech putting together a brilliant, Jonathan Quick-ian performance between the woodwork, and the amazing amount of sheer luck on their side. All proved to be lifelines for the club in front of what was a hostile, pro-Bayern crowd (the match coincidentally was played in Bayern’s home stadium, Allianz Arena). And yet, it all seemed to be for naught when Munich finally broke the scoring barrier in 83rd minute on Thomas Muller‘s header, giving the Bundesliga squad a 1-0 advantage and an apparent victory. Only for Drogba to bail out the Blues five minutes later.