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Fun fact: this was Chelsea’s first and only corner of the game, Bayern had 20.


One of the most one sided European finals I’ve seen. But somehow bayern just couldn’t score. In their own stadium too. Chelsea were almost destined to win the game. It was surreal.


You could almost say the same thing about their match against Barça. I remember them being stuck in their half of the field for the entire game, with two moments of brilliance.


Three really - Lampard pass (1) for the Ramires chip (2) then the Torres goal (3) Goes forgotten just how insane that Lampard assist was


Cech was exceptional that day as well.


Ashley Cole too, absolutely god like defending


Bosingwa emptied his tank to keep Messi under control.


And Cahill put himself on the line so many times (until the time he was injured)




Lampard to Ramires in first leg was also an excellent pass for Drogba's goal.


Ramires was so good during that time. I remember having a tiny bit too fierce arguments with City and Spurs fans on who was the best out of him, Fernandinho and Paulinho.


Yeah it really was one of the flukiest cup runs of all time. That team just wasn't that good and beat two of the all-time elite teams in the semis and finals. But hey, they don't list xG stats on the trophy. At least last year's run at least we were comfortably better than every team we played except in the final.


You were better than City in the final, sadly. I wanted Guardiola to win.


Played almost an entire match with 10 men though


Was that the one where Terry was a moron and kneed a defender in the back?


I think it was Alex's Sanchez rather than a defender but yeah


Ngl, I felt something special was going to happen the moment we came back from a 3-1 first leg defeat away at Napoli to win the home leg 4-1. Meeting Barca at semis just felt like a revenge plot for 2009 waiting to happen and then the final where we had a then ready-to-leave Drogba and us having to win in order to get UCL next season. It was like a movie.


That Barca tie was incredible. Knocked out literally one of the greatest teams in the history of football. I remember feeling absolutely invincible walking into school the next day lol.


2-0 down at the Nou Camp and down to 10-men against one of the best teams in world football, and history, all with an interim inexperienced manager. There was no logic in the whole thing whatsoever.


Haha who would lose a European final in their own stadium what a bunch of losers...


Destined to win that season's Champions League tbf


It is in the history of Muenchen


Part of me to this day still can't believe Bayern didn't score 20 goals that night. They had all the chances and somehow only the Muller goal was the only one.


Only time a goal was scored by Drogba or Torres when they were both on the pitch at the same time.


that's prime route one football right there 😎🍷


Big game player


10 finals with 10 goal involments (9g 1a) iirc. Such an important player in Roman's era. He didnt score often, but when he scored, he always scored in big moments


He had a couple of seasons where he was banging them in but, yeah, he was much more than just his quantity of goals.


Man was about ball retention, hold up play etc. People looking just at stats and say he didn‘t score as often as a world class CF do not know what player Drogba was!


Yeah man. His deftness of touch under pressure was exemplary. Used his strength so effectively. Also stopped a civil war. I love him.


I love how 'stopped a civil war' is a footnote in your comment. Truly a /r/soccer fan first :D


I have priorities.


Man was about chaos. He cause chaos non stop and then maybe 5 times a game show such exquisite touch against haggard defenders


Peak Drogba was almost memeworthy, impossible to get off the ball. Made so much of Chelsea's play working, gave the midfield the time to close by etc.


Also, and I say this with appreciation, a top tier shithouse. Could teach classes on time wasting.


I miss Wembley Drogba ;( Always showed up on big occasions.


Drogba would never have allowed this five game Wembley cup final losing streak Maybe now we're paying the price for his Wembley magic... all things must be equal


worth it.


I don't , he always murdered us haha Amazing player


I see a lot of people downplaying how good Drogba was, because of his admittedly not excellent scoring ratio, but those people are never Arsenal supporters. They know greatness because they were on the receiving end of it more than any other team.


09/10 he had like 32 games and scored 29. Was the league win when we won 7-0 and 8-0 against Wigan and Villa on the last 3 match days. Rooney wanted that Golden Boot and King Didier was like: naah


Memory is a bit hazy but wasn’t he elite at finishing and hold up play? Defences would put in a lot of work to try and stop him from getting into a shooting position and he’d free up a lot of space for the other attackers


Yep. He'd collect long-balls on his chest facing away from the goal as he's holding off a defender, spin around and shoot in one movement. Fucking insane.


Scored goals like that against Liverpool and Barca (might be wrong on this but I'm pretty sure in the span of a few weeks)


Yeah, I know Carragher have talked about it and how hopeless it'd be at times trying to defend against him. Normally Carragher would feel that the situation is contained as long as he's standing right behind the opposing striker who's facing away from goal. But with Drogba that wasn't the case, and his raw strength made it barely impossible to interrupt his movement or get around him. Edit: https://youtu.be/bL03tfv6fCg Here it is. And honestly, how the hell are you even supposed to stop that from happening lmao?


The goal against liverpool is one of the best goals I've ever seen. That's his *weak foot*.


that was the exact goal I was thinking of, heres the barca one too https://youtu.be/iwhjjT2PDyc?t=186


[It is criminal you leave out his goal against Spurs in the fa cup semi final. Gallas should have retired after that mauling](https://streamable.com/ezpk49)


He wins 1v1 vs defenders while expecting a long ball over the top 100% of the time. Like, literally 100% and I have never seen someone else like that.


No matter how hard opposition tried, Didier always found a way. Absolute great of the game


Drogba was world class


Yeah, he was a nightmare for defenders, massive respect for him but man I wish Chelsea didn't have him


It's a mix tbh. He wasn't as good a finisher as the absolute top tier finishers. The likes of Aguero, Lewa, Suarez and them. Add to it that his movement also wasn't absolute top tier levels like CR7, Cavani, Lewa, meant that he was never going to be a consistent 25 goals a season striker. But where people go wrong is when they say he was average at those things. That's nonsense. He was clearly a top player and had good finishing and movement. What he was elite at was his hold up play and his ability to score from distance as well his mentality that elevated his ability in big games. He was also an elite athlete. Great mix of elite strength, good speed and elite aerial ability.


He scored over 100 goals at Chelsea, he was a pretty good scorer just not insane levels like cristiano or Messi


>He didnt score often Lets not overreact ok.


Didn’t score often? He’s won 2 golden boots ffs


It is true to say that as fair as great goalscorers go, Drogba was not as prolific as his peers - but his contribution was in more than just goals, so he more than made up for it


104 goals tbh in 254 appearences. A lot, but was more of an all round striker than a goalscorer


It’s worth noting that he started 149 matches out of the 254 games and his minutes played is equivalent to 154 games. He had quite a few games slowly getting back into the team after injuries.


Yep his goals goals per 90 is far more respectable, on par or close to other players you’d consider top goal scorers


Thats his premier league total dude. He scored 164 goals in 381 games (+ 87 assists) thats more than enough.


Really cunted that header in. In hindsight you can tell he knows the ball is going to target him and he moves really well into the box.


Chelsea's finals record with Drogba: 9 seasons 10 wins 5 losses Chelsea's finals record post Drogba: 9 seasons 6 wins 14 losses btw I also included super cups


did give away a pen in this very game tbf


Thanks to Petr Cech very few people remember that lol. This goal and that save broke Bayern


Petr Cech should be player of the tournament. He was literally wall against us too.


Man was a wall against everything I've never hated a team as much as Cech era Chelsea


It is kind of weird to say, but at times, I feel like Cech is underrated


If I was to build a ranking where I'd consider the influence on the team, the trophies won, and the time a goalkeeper managed to stay on top, I'd definitely put him in the top 4 for the 21st century, alongside Casillas, Neuer, and Buffon


Those arsenal seasons kinda ruined his legacy, because he wasn't on the same level as he was before


he was still the best keeper in the league in his first season for us tbf just kinda fell off after that


The change of style in play didn't help either....guy was instructed to play from the back (and he got quite better at it too)


Anyone can be underrated at times depending on who you're talking to. Cech is by consensus regarded as one of the two best keepers in premier league history.


before the fa cup final pundits were discussing combined liverpool & chelsea premier league XI. The fact that Alisson vs Cech was a serious debate was a joke. Pundits know nothing.


Alisson is great, but he's not what Cech used to be.


Short term memory or recency bias.


Yeah it's embarassing, Youtube was full of this combined 11 crap before the final and Alison's name coming up against Cech's was laughable. Alison is a great goalkeeper, the best in the league imo. But Cech was an entirely different level, he's in the conversation for best goalkeeper of all time. Incredible consistency and no weakness to his game, carried that UCL run and rounded it off with the best goalkeeping performance I've ever seen in the final.


Also did it the semis at Camp Nou


Blatant Fabregas dive tbf


What about Gary Neville's scream...


Second best scream of his life.


And both came from Chelsea moments.


Gary Neville came for Chelsea moments.


Hello Roberto Gary Neville


He sounds like he's 12 doing commentary for his local radio


Bayern absolutely bottled this final. In their own backyard, an incredible team, 56% possession and 35 shots against a Chelsea team missing Ivanovic, Terry, and Ramires. Plus Robben had a penalty saved in extra time.


The craziest stat from this is that Chelsea had ~~46%~~ 44% possession honestly… felt like a lot less


I don't remember them having the ball much at all that match LOL.


A lot of that possession was in their own half, while Bayern were direct and had chance after chance.


Yep, just 22% of the game took place in Bayern’s third compared to 37% in the middle third and 41% in Chelsea’s third.


Robben and Mario Gomez were both horrific. Embarrassingly poor finishing from the two of them


Meireles was also out due to accumulated yellows. David Luiz played most of the game with a torn hamstring.


This is one of my favourite headers ever. The power, the precision and accuracy he gets and the fact that neuer gets a full palm but cant stop it is just beautiful


Plus Lampard was going to win the header and Drogba pushes past him to win it just before.


In my opinion lampards job here is to block the defender Boateng.


Lampard says in the documentary that he was trying to go for the goal there, but when he saw Drogba jumping up, he let drogba take it


And he's not even in front of the goal!


And the angle…it’s so amazing


it’s good to hear Martin Tyler not be a living corpse


This was the moment that pushed him over the edge. He’d finally seen it all.


This and the Aguero goal


Tbf, he must’ve felt like he’d peaked after that season.


His performance for the Liverpool game the other day was dreadful.


He sounded genuinely crushed when Minamino scored the equalizer. “….Ugh its 1-1”


He’s a legend but he needs to hang ‘em up now. There’s something to be said about understated commentary but there’s a line for that as well. Walking corpse is an apt description of what he’s become.


Was thinking the same hearing his reaction to this. Guys just getting the cash now


I was having such a good morning..


You woke up and screamed like Neville: Ughhhhhhhhhh


It’s my ringtone and I love it


Me too…


Cost us a CL spot Bayern you bastards. Then beat us 7-2 grumble grumble


On the bright side, it made mine.


I'm sure it turned out alright for you considering what you did the year next


Deserved for knocking out that legendary real madrid mou team


I know the general context tends to overshadow this - but that is still to this day, one of the best headers I've ever seen. The power he generates on it from the angle is just so good.


My favourite thing to do with this is to watch Drogba from the start, his focus, then the movement in the box as soon as he zones in on where the ball is going and then the actual header is a bullet. Unreal.


Yep if you look at the rotation of the ball you NEVER see headers move like that. It’s like he struck it with his foot, cleanly, right in the sweet spot.


for me; its the best header ive ever seen, the power man, that angle and the way he turned to score it; cant be more perfect than this


Looking at Drogba's celebration I just knew Chelsea was going to win it.


I knew it when Bayern missed the pen in extra time.


I knew it when they lifted the trophy


Damn, you should bet on matches


i forgot about the existence of contento


I thought the exact same. Can't believe he managed to play a Champions League Final.


Bertrand making his European debut in a CL final was something special as well.


as a winger! lmao


I remember I worked as an odd compiler for BetFred at the time and there was chaos in our little corner of the office when he was announced as playing and as a winger. First goalscorer bets were flying in at around 40/1.


Not that hard to believe in my opinion. He was a decent backup for Alaba. Who would play if TAA or Robertson were injured/banned? Are they really better


Definition of a clutch player


One thing Drogba did better than score goals was knee slides.. He made it look so elegant and simple, but i bruise my knee and fall on my face the first time I try it..


You have to lean back, and let the momentum grab you by the balls


You're not knee sliding on water sprinklered pristine manicured grass either.


I legitimately couldn’t believe it when I saw it live. We dominated them for every second of the match and they equalize in the last minute. Pain.


You could be talking about 1999 as well. How many goals did Elber waste...


That Jancker overhead kick


tbf, Jancker missing was more common than not :P


"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 3-1 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 17 for Bayern Munich. Guess who took that corner kick? Juan Mata. And the rest is history. The lesson is ALWAYS BELIEVE."


Drogba's autobiography right?


On the eighth anniversary of the Blues’ greatest night, Drogba told the story of their victory in a Twitter thread.


Oh, I think these quotes might've appeared in his book too as I recall them.


Incredible story. Mata so wholesome. Wonder what gift Drogba got him


Doesn't mata


This is real anime. Managed to have a whole life changing conversation in 30 seconds of real time




3-1 defeat against Napoli*


Bro Drogba is one of those players who are almost mythical like and for a good reason.. If you look at the straight stats, the guy was behind many of the greats.. But when you saw him live, it was almost inevitable in big games, he was a destroyer.. An absolute menace.. He was just bigger, stronger and quicker than so many guys.. Truly one of the greatest strikers the prem has ever seen.. The definition of a finisher.. Maybe it's just nostalgia, because when I think of players like Torres, Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov, Van Persie it's much the same thing.. Maybe it really was a golden era.. A good Manc friend of mine always told me Berbatov was the greatest player he ever saw in the flesh.. The way he moved, slower than others but just better, more efficient with his movement.. I'm drunk.. Leave me be..


Drogba is the epitome of a “big game” player. He scored so many important goals in so many pressure-cooker situations that it sort of became inevitable that he would have *some* influence in big finals. The guy scored in 4 FA cup finals, 4 FA cup sf, a CL final, 2 CL sf, and 3 League cup finals. That’s an incredible legacy to leave behind.


I know what you mean. Over the last few years with city/liverpool moving away from systems with a recognised 9 and chelsea/united/arsenal having striker woes it is easy to look back on the 2010s as the golden age of strikers in the prem. Hopefully Halaand will usher in a new era. Hopefully the fowards will return


I don’t think Lampard’s blocking ever gets enough credit. Gives Drogba a completely free header with no competition.


I don't think it was intentional at all. I remember a comment Lampard made about seeing the ball coming in and then noticing Drogba out of the corner of his eye and just trying his best to get out of the way.


Idk it looks like he almost got in his way. Gomez was never getting there


That season was something else. Sitting 6th in the table with no chance of CL qualification. Got destroyed against Napoli in the first leg. Somehow managed to win towards the very end of the second leg to go through. Then beating Guardiola's Barcelona over 2 legs with 10 men in most of the second leg. And then this game. Getting pummeled but managing to not concede until the very end of normal time. And coming from a goal behind with this beautiful header to take it to extra time. But then the same Drogba gives away a penalty and Cech saves it. Even in the penalty shootout we came from behind after missing a shot only for Cech to save 2 shots and giving us the win. Unreal. We were destined to win that season.


That winning Drogba penalty is an absolute classic, almost no run up either lol. He just *knew* it was going in.


Not only with 10 men but also against the best fucking unreal prime Messi, 73 goals that season, 91 goals that year.


Please don't laugh at me, but this game is the best moment of my life and my happiest memory. I always, always cry when I think about it for more than a few minutes. We tried so hard for this trophy and there was so much pain on the way, my life really sucked at that point too, but this final was amazing. I sobered up and got my life in order after this final and I've never been the same.


One of the best moments for me as well


Dude same here. I lost a big family member and was in a dark place. This CL run helped get me through it. Can't watch any replays of the game or highlights without getting very emotional.


Congrats man :)


Same mate, I get all misty watching it over and over again


This goal and the penalty get me welling up everytime


Me too, man. Yes 2021 champions league win was incredible, but after all years of hard work that we put in CL starting from Mou's time, this was our gift. It was the best and I cried like a kid.


Greatest moment in club history


And yet amazingly this isn’t even Bayern’s [worst Champions League final collapse from a corner kick](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_UEFA_Champions_League_Final). Bayern is truly cursed with late corners given up in CL finals …


the fact that we were in contention to win at 87 minutes of the final was a joke. I still can't even believe a) we even go to the final b) we got to 87 mins only 0-1 down!


"WoRsT tEaM tO eVeR wIn ThE UcL" Better to be the worst to win than be the best to never win it.


They were better than Liverpool 2005 at the very least


Both Chelsea and Liverpool lost club world cup, tho Chelsea had no Drogba


As a squad maybe, but the players on the pitch? Missing half the back line (and Ramires), relying on a centre back pairing of two notorious liabilities at the time (even if they did eventually blossom into great players) who had been ducked taped together to pass the pre match fitness? Still may have been better than that Liverpool team, but it’s definitely up for debate haha


Ah yes I was the only Spurs fan in the pub and everyone was confused why I was cheering Bayern... like fair play to Chelsea for winning but UEFA fucked us that year. Glad the rule has changed.


Despite this being a one sided final and Bayern completely dominating this match, I knew Chelsea would win this game as soon as Drogba scored the equaliser. Drogba always showed up in finals and he's one of the greatest big game players of all time.


My god, 10 years ago... Im old


As a Spurs fan, this was by far my worst night in football history, and cemented Chelsea as my least liked club, even below Arsenal. Just about everything went to shit because Chelsea won this match.


For others who lack context: As a result of Chelsea winning this game, Tottenham did not get into the Champions League despite finishing 4th in the PL. Spurs lost Modric to Real Madrid (Modric wanted CL football) at the end of that season. It also encouraged Eden Hazard to go to Chelsea over a Tottenham (or Arsenal), because he also wanted CL football. Furthermore, it gave Bale a reason to leave Spurs when they failed to qualify for the CL in the 12-13 season after having lost their best playmaker, and not managing to make signings they had hoped to make that they might have been able to given the draw of CL football, and the extra money CL qualification gives to clubs. The situation affected Tottenham so badly that UEFA actually changed the qualification rules so that such a situation wouldn't happen again in future. I am also a Spurs fan, and I also view this as the ONLY time I have been sad to see a British team win a European trophy, when we weren't on the losing side (i.e., I was also sad Liverpool won in 2019).


Damn. I did not know about those knock-on effects of losing Modric and Bale. I knew Hazard came to us because we won the CL. In hindsight, with so many things riding on the result, it looks like divine intervention.


this doesn't happen


I still can’t believe to this day that Bayern didn’t win this game. It took them 83 min to score and they decided to take Müller off immediately after that When he came off, I knew Chelsea were still in it.


This Chelsea is built different, very good in almost every area, especially defense




The most clutch player in football history for me


I cried like a bitch that night


I also cried like a bitch that night


my happiest football day


DROGGBAAAAA.... my favourite Chelsea player. Also iirc Juan Mata, UCL winner and Euro winner that year!


Gary Neville with the wobbly child voice rofl


Drogba had the two big highlights in this game but Cech was even more impressive. The man was a brick wall.


Drogba is why you can’t just use stats to judge a player. What he did for that team was as important as any other CF in that time period.


Well that just ruined my day again. :(




This fucking game.


Watching this really drives home just how done Martin Tyler is as a commentator. That moment today would get a barely raised voice and a comment like "oh he's done it for Chelsea" like he was watching any old goal being scored.


Might be a little biased, but this is the greatest Champions League final I have ever witnessed. Also the hardest.


What's sadder is that Bayern lost in their own backyard




Imagine losing in your home, couldn't be funnier


Yeah you're right, was hilarious


Then having to go to your end of season party https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2147069/amp/Champions-League-final-Arjen-Robben-distraught-terrible-penalty.html


How can I download this?


May 19th 💙