Lndon: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed former manager Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking was the key to their Champions League triumph, as his departure brought luck for them, which they were lacking for the past few years in European competitions.
“Before the second leg of the Napoli game, when Andre had to leave the club and everything was kind of going like that, I said to my wife, ‘You will see an amazing thing will happen if we win tomorrow. We’ll win it all’,” a daily quoted Cech, as saying.
“The previous seven years, when we had been playing well and marching through the Premier League, coming close to or winning titles, we’d never had luck in the Champions League,” he added.
“Now everything was going wrong, the manager had left, and this time the luck all came for us – you could kind of feel something was happening. We had two really good games at Benfica and, if you go through against Barcelona, you really have a chance. Down to 10 men, 2-0 down, Camp Nou away,” he said.
Cech said beating Barcelona inspired the team to come back after a 1-0 goal deficit against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Allianz Arena on May 19.
“At that point, not one single person in the world would have put money on Chelsea going through, but we did,” Cech said.
“That was the moment we thought we’d done the big one. When we conceded that goal [in the final], that’s what came to our mind. We had 10 minutes or whatever it was – we’d done it in Barcelona down to 10 men. With 11 men, we could do anything,” he added.