16 August 2012 19:08
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has described Petr Cech as an ‘angel’ after his heroics in the Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.
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.
The Spaniard told the club’s website: “After my penalty was saved I still believed in Petr Cech. I had wanted to take one. I always like to take the responsibility on the pitch. I missed but after that Petr was like an angel and saved the important ones.”
Mata admitted he was absolutely delighted to win the final and believes after everything the Blues went through, they deserved to win.
“It was an explosion of feelings when Didier scored that penalty,” he said.
“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.”