Barcelona and Real Madrid congratulate Chelsea on winning Champions League

The Blaugrana, who were knocked out at the last-four stage by the Blues, and Los Blancos have taken to Twitter to salute the new European champions and commiserate with Bayern
Barcelona and Real Madrid have congratulated Chelsea for pipping Bayern Munich to the 2011-12 Champions League.

Didier Drogba scored the decisive penalty kick in the shootout to hand the Blues the first-ever European Cup in their 107-year history after 120 minutes could not separate either team at the Allianz Arena on Saturday as the game was deadlocked at 1-1 after extra time.

The two Spanish sides who were widely expected to participate in Saturday's final were dumped out at the last-four stage of the competition by the finalists, but various members from Barcelona and Madrid have nonetheless applauded Roberto Di Matteo's men for their achievement.

Barca's official Twitter feed read: "Congratulations to @chelseafc for their first title in the Champions League!"

"Congrats to Chelsea! The new Champions League winners!" tweeted defender Gerard Pique, while president Sandro Rosell wrote: "Congratulations to Chelsea, champions of Europe."

Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos was delighted for his Spain team-mates Juan Mata and Fernando Torres, who enjoyed their first taste of glory as European club champions.

"Congratulations to two good friends @juanmata10 and F.Torres. Congratulations winners .. ! Also keep your head up Robben."

Xabi Alonso, however, was engrossed by the occasion: "Football drama II. Congrats Chelsea. Sorry for Bayern."