Blues midfielder grateful to the Czech keeper for penalty saves in Munich from Arjen Robben and Ivica Olic and believes his side deserved their first major European trophy
The west London club won their first major European trophy in Munich after the Czech Republic international saved from Ivica Olic while Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the post before Didier Drogba sealed the win from the spot.
Cech also saved a spot kick in extra-time from Robben to cap an impressive performance, one which was not taken for granted by his team-mates especially Mata who was more grateful than most following his own miss from 12 yards.
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Mata admitted he was absolutely delighted to win the final and believes after everything the Blues went through, they deserved to win
He added: “It was an explosion of feelings when Didier scored that penalty!
“The game was crazy. Bayern Munich scored on about 80 minutes and with the last corner, our only one, Didier scored. We had suffered a lot and were so tired at the end, but it was destiny. This team deserved the Champions League.
“Looking back now to be champions of Europe, when Fernando and me went to the national team we were different people, we felt stronger and taller.
“It was a dream for this club, and it came true. We are the squad who won the first Champions League in Chelsea's history. We are all so glad to be part of it.”