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The Blues lost on penalties after the Ivorian striker was sent off against Manchester United in 2008 but he insists the criticism he faced helped him "grow up" as a player

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is hoping to make amends for his sending off in the 2008 Champions League final by helping his side to European glory against Bayern Munich in May.

The Blues qualified for their second final in four years by beating defending champions Barcelona over two legs in the semi-final.

Drogba acknowledged that the game in Munich represented a "second chance" for the Chelsea players after their loss in Moscow four years ago and insisted the criticism he faced after that game helped him to "grow up" as a player.

"I am just happy for the club, for the team and I'm really happy for the result," Drogba told the Mirror. "I think everyone deserves a second chance. I don't know if it will be mine.
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"After not playing in the final I faced a lot of criticism but that's football and I understand that and it helped me to grow up a little bit more."

The Ivorian also dismissed criticisms over the Blues' ultra-defensive performance against the Catalans which sealed a final berth.

"I know some people don't like Chelsea but that's football," Drogba added. "You cannot be loved by everyone and we are in the final but that is not a revenge against anyone."

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