Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits that it is still somewhat difficult to come to terms with the fact that the club has finally won a Champions League title after he played a pivotal role in the final by denying three Bayern Munich players from the penalty spot.
Cech, who celebrated his 30th birthday the day after winning Europe’s most elite club competition, is happy to enjoy the glory this summer but is fully committed to a successful defense of the trophy.
“This is amazing, we have done everything, it’s the last cup we were missing and it’s incredible we delivered. Once you win, it you want this feeling again, so this win puts us through to the qualification for next year, and it’s great we have the opportunity to defend the trophy,” Cech told Chelsea’s official website.
He added: “When you have been chasing a Champions League medal for eight years, then I don’t know how much pleasure you can get. The first 20 seconds after Didier scored I didn’t know what to do, I was so happy. I never felt that in my life.”
Cech’s teammate Fernando Torres did not start in the Champions League final and while he made his frustration clear, the Spaniard is looking forward to featuring heavily in the next campaign.
“Next year, we have already two finals to play, we will be in the Club World Cup [as well as the Community Shield], and again we will compete for the four trophies that we can win each season,” Torres asserted in an interview at the club’s official website.
The 28-year old added: “When you win, you always want more and more. It doesn’t have to be [the end of winning]. I see it as the beginning of a memorable age. We made history but the best is yet to come.
“Now I hope to win the Club World Cup, it would be awesome. I am also excited about winning another Champions League, but with the script I’d have written.
“On a personal level I want my scoring levels back and to keep rewarding the fans for all they give me with goals and titles.”
The outgoing legend Drogba also reminded the Blues that establishing themselves as one of the biggest European clubs for years to come would require them to dominate consistently on the European stage.
“So now we set up something that when you come to Chelsea, you will have to do the same thing as a minimum, to be in the Champions League Final, or to win it. That’s what the club has to do to be like Barcelona, AC Milan and Real Madrid.
“We only have one Champions League and we need more. But at least we started,” the 34-year old concluded.