Roman Abramovich’s $2.86 billion ambition has been fulfilled. Chelsea have won the Champions League. They walked the most tenuous of tightropes, but they beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in regulation. This was perhaps the worst and the ugliest team of the Abramovich era, but, ultimately, it was the most successful.
Bayern dominated the match statistically. They did not hold as much possession as expected, just 56 percent, but they outshot Chelsea 43-9. Bayern had 20 corner kicks to Chelsea’s one. Chelsea scored on that one. It was just that sort of night.
The real loser here may be Tottenham. The fourth place finisher in the EPL will not take the final Champions League place (Chelsea get one automatically). With financial fair play going into effect next season, the lost funds could cripple their ability to compete at that level in future years (and help Chelsea).
Man of the Match: Ashley Cole. Arjen Robben had 15 shots, but just five of them made it to goal. Most of that was Cole.
Until next season…
Here’s Thomas Muller’s goal that put Bayern ahead 1-0.
Here’s Drogba’s equalizer. Note Gary Neville’s orgasm.
Arjen Robben missed a penalty conceded by Dider Drogba that could have won the match in extra time.
Chelsea won on penalties.