Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cole - We deserved to win

Full-back wins Champions League at third time of asking



Defender Ashley Cole was adamant that Chelsea fully deserved to be crowned European champions for the first time in their history.
The Blues defeated Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena 4-3 on penalties to win the Champions League after the two sides had been locked at 1-1 at the end of extra-time.
Thomas Muller had headed the Bavarian giants into a deserved lead in the 83rd minute before Didier Drogba levelled with a bullet header with just two minutes remaining of normal time.
And the Ivorian was the hero when he buried the winning penalty in a dramatic shoot-out.
Asked if Chelsea had won the game in their typical style, Cole told Sky Sports 1 HD: "Yeah. To be honest, I'm lost for words.
"I think we should have probably lost the game with the amount of chances they had but we said it after Napoli, if we beat them, we ride our luck, you need luck in this competition and we rode our luck today but we deserved it.


After Chelsea had clawed their way back in normal time but then conceded a penalty in extra-time, Cole was asked if he thought they had run out of luck.
"Not really, he replied. "With the players we've got here, we knew we had time and with Petr (Cech) making good saves like that, we always knew we were in it."
Cole had previously been a Champions League loser twice before (with Arsenal in 2006 and Chelsea in 2008) and he was asked what it felt like to finally win it.
"Now no one can say nothing to me," said the England full-back. "This is the reason I came here."

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