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Didier Drogba reveals story on how Juan Mata inspired him to win 2012 Champions League final for Chelsea

talksport: Didier Drogba has explained how a young Juan Mata inspired his match-winning heroics in the 2012 Champions League final.

The Chelsea striker cemented his status as a club legend eight years ago as he scored the equalising goal and winning penalty against Bayern Munich in their own Allianz Arena.

Celebrating the anniversary, Drogba said: “I bet you’ve all seen videos of the Champions League final so I just wanted to tell you a little story of mine.

“Eight years ago, the manager [Andre Villas-Boas] had been sacked by the club and we, the players, had a team meeting where we recognised being partly responsible for his departure.

“The captain John Terry spoke, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and other leaders in the group too.

“We decided to all give this competition everything, despite our defeat 4-1 against Napoli.

“We had been chasing this trophy for eight years and couldn’t do better than runner-up.

“Everyone agreed to put egos aside and challenge each over for the same goal.

“After that meeting I asked a young 23-year-old Juan Mata, ‘Please maestro, help me win the Champions League.’

“He looked at me like, ‘Man you’re crazy, you’re Didier Drogba, you are gonna help me win it.’

“I then told him, ‘I’ve been here for eight years and never won it so I believe you’re the one who’s gonna help us win. I’ll even give you a present if we win it.’

“That was end of February. Three months later, we were in Munich, in the final, in their stadium, submerged with a red wave.

“The hosts took the lead with eight minutes to go and on my way to kick the ball for the last eight minutes I was so discouraged.

“The young man said to me, ‘Believe Didi, you have to believe.’

“Almost in tears I answered after looking at the time, ‘Believe in what? It’s almost over, I’m gonna cry like a few months ago when I lost the [AFCON] final with Ivory Coast.’

“Last minute, last corner, I mean first corner for us against 18 for Bayern Munich.

“Guess who took that corner kick? Juan Mata. And the rest is history.

“The lesson is ALWAYS BELIEVE. Happy eighth birthday to us.”

Source: Published by talksport

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Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
12 days ago

Mata and Drogba play a great role in Chelsea winning of d champions league

Rasheed Toheeb Bolaji
Rasheed Toheeb Bolaji
12 days ago

This is actually an unforgettable memory in the history of Chelsea. Drogba was the brain box behind winning heroics in the 2012 Champions League final.
Happy 8years birthday once again.

Edoama Larry Effiong
Edoama Larry Effiong
12 days ago

We the blues family will never forget that day

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
12 days ago

Special Juan… One of my most adored players in football.. 2 bad age is catching up with him n he is not lyk he used 2 b while at Chelsea

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
12 days ago

Mata and Drogba in those days were a formidable force….Drogba the goal machine for Chelsea….thanks for acknowledging mata

Chukwuka Obiosa
Chukwuka Obiosa
12 days ago

Both Man united and Chelsea killed Mata,i remember him back at Valencia

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
12 days ago

Chelsea and Man United killed mata

Justin Jerry
Justin Jerry
12 days ago

Mata was like his mentor

Adams Olanrewaju Gabriel
Adams Olanrewaju Gabriel
12 days ago

The two Chelsea legend.

Adams Olanrewaju Gabriel
Adams Olanrewaju Gabriel
12 days ago

Legends

Osuji Caleb ikechi
Osuji Caleb ikechi
12 days ago

Yes I remember that day, I cried. Drogba was the champion on that day. May God bless you

Ogali Christian
Ogali Christian
12 days ago

Good one

Ajagu Joseph Samson
Ajagu Joseph Samson
12 days ago

Thats great to know

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
12 days ago

Wow, that’s really great from Didier Drogba.

Mustapha Animashaun
Mustapha Animashaun
12 days ago

Yes they are both gud player they play the most vital role in Chelsea winning the champions league

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
12 days ago

What a great a match that day

Abidemi oladele
Abidemi oladele
12 days ago

Blure forever

Nnorom Nzenwa
Nnorom Nzenwa
12 days ago

A memorable encounter with Bayern Munich

Mohammed Nma Madiwu
Mohammed Nma Madiwu
12 days ago

That is very nice

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
12 days ago

Always believe. What a touching story

Atte
Atte
12 days ago

Very inspirational and a big lesson thought, believe in one another and dont ever loose hope.

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
12 days ago

There is No doubt , Maya nd drogba are the main key factors of Chelsea ucl win In 2012.

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
12 days ago

Such an emotional story!
It was a wonderful feeling to equalise after going behind with 8 mins to go
Football is beautiful!

Ademola wahab
Ademola wahab
12 days ago

Never stop believing, didier what a player, thank u for all the great memories

Stanley Ejike Raphael
Stanley Ejike Raphael
12 days ago

mata and drogue were really a formidable team those days

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
12 days ago

Always believe and you will achieve more, thanks to mata for those inspiring words

AREO Abiodun
AREO Abiodun
12 days ago

This is absolutely interesting & Great history of football

Felix Osezua
Felix Osezua
12 days ago

So inspiring am almost in tears. Thanks Didi for the lovely memories

Sammy alabi
Sammy alabi
12 days ago

Juan mata is a good leader

Chima franklyn
Chima franklyn
12 days ago

My darling Chelsea made very proud then 2012

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
12 days ago

Didier Drogba was the hero of the night with such a brilliant header.
Congratulations to the greats of Chelsea.

Isaac Ayebaebimiete Usoro
Isaac Ayebaebimiete Usoro
12 days ago

That night was a a shocker for me.I never thought Chelsea would have equalised with that last minutes corner kick. In the game of football it’s never over until it’s over.

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
12 days ago

Wow,what a interesting story by drogba,u kno there’s nothing like challenge and encouragement to achieve a something.Juan and drogba is a good squad that time

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
12 days ago

Good motivation and what a revelation from a Chelsea legend

Isah abdulmumeen
Isah abdulmumeen
12 days ago

One mata is enough to win you a trophy 🏆

Nicholas Jackie Sonnie
Nicholas Jackie Sonnie
12 days ago

Nice and touching

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
12 days ago

Drogba is truly a legend in Chelsea, history will never forget him …drogba and mata did well in the final but the only problem is that mata almost let Chelsea lose the cup due to the penalty he first missed

Victor Destiny
Victor Destiny
12 days ago

One of the best moment as a Chelsea fan. Never give up spirit was what saved Chelsea that day.

Peace okocha
Peace okocha
12 days ago

There was once a CHELSEA TEAM I had confidence in, I pray Frank lampard moulds a new team like that one because he was a lead team member of that CHELSEA TEAM I believed and had confidence in. Didier Drogba’s confession is touching. Just believe and the sky is your starting point. I need to share this.

TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
12 days ago

Nice

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
11 days ago

Mata was absolutely on a different level that day

Ayodeji Adeniyi
Ayodeji Adeniyi
11 days ago

Its good to remember that game especially that Mara’s corner kick

Micah Maikudi
Micah Maikudi
11 days ago

That’s great

Anthony Anyanwu
Anthony Anyanwu
8 days ago

DAT good of Juan he is good team player