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The final in Munich is one game that will forever live in the minds of Chelsea fans. The Blues have been so close on many occasions but unable to lift the Champions League, but 2012 seemed to favour Chelsea as the underdogs went on a solid run to win the tournament that had eluded Roman Abramovich for many years.
A report carried out by The Guardian has interviewed some of the Chelsea stars who were part of that Champions League winning team, and John Mikel Obi played a key role for the Blues in that victory.
Frank Lampard was captain on the night with John Terry suspended, and Mikel has revealed what the midfield hero told him during the game where the Chelsea players fought with everything they had.
Mikel said: “John Terry was not on the pitch so Lamps was pushing everyone. Drogba, too. We were all pushing each other. Lamps came to me and said: ‘John boy, we have to keep going. We can’t lose here.’ We still had that belief.”
Mikel also revealed how then manager Roberto Di Matteo arranged with the club to psyche the players by playing a recorded interview with their family members.
Mikel said: “We didn’t know Roberto Di Matteo and the club had gone to interview our brothers, sisters, parents, whoever it was that is very close to us. The videos were played in the meeting the night before the game. My younger brother was on my video. I couldn’t believe it when I saw him. We knew that would help to give us more spirit in the game. Those messages from our families were ringing in everyone’s ears.”
Credit: The Guardian