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The 2007/08 season is one that will forever live in the hearts of every Chelsea fan. It was a season full of drama, following the sack of Jose Mourinho, much to the fury of the Chelsea fans at the time.
Avram Grant was appointed as interim manager until the end of the season, and the Israeli was never really appreciated by the Blues fans.
Worse still, Chelsea lost the League Cup final that year, conceded the title to Manchester United on the last day of the season, and the only hope for a trophy that year was the big one, the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea were up against Manchester United in the final in Moscow, and the Blues had come from a goal behind to draw 1-1. It was an end to end game, and a 10-man Chelsea did great to play with all determination and take the game to penalties.
Chelsea were on the brink of winning the Cup during shootout, but Terry slipped when about to take the final kick and his shot came awkwardly off the bar. Ashley Cole has revealed that memories of that defeat still pain him till date and he believes it’ll have similar effect on Terry.
“We kept coming as runners up in the league and when we eventually won it that was a special moment, and to do the Double was special too,” Cole told the official Chelsea website.
“To win seven FA Cups in my career – wow… I watched it as a kid. To even think I’d play in the FA Cup, then to win it three times with Arsenal was amazing. After that people said I could get the record because I was still quite young, but I never thought it could happen, and then it did, wow…
“Then there was the Champions League. We had come close so many times. I had lost in the final in my last game with Arsenal in 2006 (to a Barcelona goal scored by future Blues team-mate Juliano Belletti).
“With Chelsea, we had semi-final defeats, we had Moscow. It felt like it wasn’t going to happen. I still think about Moscow every day. I can’t imagine how JT feels, but I know him, and I know he’ll think about it every day. To be that close, go down to 10 men, grind it out to penalties and be one away from winning it… it would have been a great achievement.”
He then revealed that waiting four more years to win it towards the end of their careers was extra special too.
Cole added: “But then to do it, when a lot of us were coming towards the end of our careers, made it a little bit more special. We didn’t start that year well, the league had gone badly for us, but it made us all come together and we realised we could do it – it could be our last chance. It makes it better when you win it with friends and that was a close group.”