Lampard hails Drogba for Chelsea’s historic win

May 20th, 2012 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Bayern Munich Munich, May 20 (IANS) Chelsea captain Frank Lampard dedicated the Blues’ historic Champions League win to Didier Drogba, who went from being zero to hero during final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena here Saturday night.

Drogba, who is without a contract could well have played his last match with Chelsea, equalised two minutes from time after Thomas Muller had given Bayern the lead in the 82nd minute.

Drogba almost went from hero to villain as he brought town Franck Ribery for a penalty in extra time. But Petr Cech saved Robben’s spot-kick to take the match went penalties, where Drogba scored the winner to hand Chelsea the trophy for the first time. The Blues earned a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory after the match had ended 1-1 after extra time.

Lampard, one of the scorers during the penalty shoot-out, hailed the Ivory Coast player for his superb display.

“I can’t believe it. The determination we’ve shown…we didn’t play fantastic but the main man Didier dug us out of trouble there. He’s a hero. Without him we’re not here. He scores the goals in the big games,” said Lampard.

Lampard wants Drogba to stay at Stamford Bridge.

“I’d love him to stay. What he did tonight he’s been doing all his career,” he said.

Of Chelsea’s historic triumph, Lampard said: “It means everything. We’ve been so many years trying to do this. This is the one we really wanted and we’ve got it.”

Asked if interim manager Roberto Di Matteo should be asked to carry on with the job, Lampard said: “He took us from a struggling team maybe going out of the Champions League and we won it, so look at that.”

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