Chelsea became champions of Europe for the first time in Munich in incredible fashion as the Blues held their nerve after being completely outplayed for large periods of the game.
Didier Drogba managed a theatrical ending to the game and probably his Chelsea career as he scored late into normal time and with the last kick of the ball in the shootout to send the fans, the players, the manager and the owner into Blue heaven.
"It was [fate]," said the 34-year-old, whose penalty clinched Chelsea's victory "I believe a lot in destiny. I pray a lot. It was written a long time ago. God is wonderful. This team is amazing. "I'm very happy. Life is fantastic."
Stand in Captain Frank Lampard admits that securing the Holy Grail for the first time, means everything to him and the club.
"It means everything – we have been trying to do this for so many years now. This is the one we really wanted and we have got it. I cannot believe it. The determination we have shown has been unbelievable. We did not play fantastically well but the main man Didier Drogba dug us out of trouble there,”
Lampard was quick to shower words of glowing praise on the match winner Didier Drogba as he labelled the Ivorian as a ‘Hero’.
"He is a hero and without him we would not be here. He scores the goals in the big games.I would love him to stay. What he did tonight is what he has been doing all through his career."
However, Lampard refused to comment on the future of the interim manager, Roberto Di Matteo.
"It is not a question for this moment. He took us from a struggling team maybe going out of the Champions League and now we have won it, so just look at that. I am still lost for words. We should have probably lost the game with the amount of chances they had. We rode our luck, but you need luck in this competition if you are going to win it. Today we rode our luck but we deserved it."
Chelsea's suspended captain John Terry described the win as the best moment of his career.
"This is an incredible feeling, I've waited eight or nine years for this moment and it wipes out all those bad memories from this competition. It's 100 percent the top moment in my career. In the past we've been knocked out in the last minute, lost on penalties to Manchester United in the 2008 final and twice we lost to Liverpool in the semi-finals but this victory takes a big weight off everyone's shoulders," added Terry.
"I can live with the fact I didn't play because we have won. That's all that matters to me because I care so much about this football club."
Terry claims to have had faith that his team could land the Champions League trophy for the first time.
"You look back at the Napoli game in the first knockout round when we were 3-1 down from the first leg," he said. "Everyone wrote us off but I believed in us and within the squad we all believed in each other. It's great we've got so many big players for big occasions, players like Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech. It's great to see us win the trophy I think we have deserved, to see the smile that was on owner Roman Abramovich's face after the game and to see the fans at the end. We've won the Champions League and the FA Cup this season so we we'll go down as the best ever team in Chelsea's history and that's incredible."
The Chelsea captain also felt that Roberto Di Matteo should be made the permanent boss after the Italian’s incredible cup success.
“Robbie has been fantastic since he came in,” he said. “You look at that trophy. That’s certainly what we’ve been waiting for, what the owner’s been waiting for, what the owner was in tears for.”
“He’s strived for this; he’s pumped an awful lot of money into this football club trying to achieve that. Tonight we’ve done that and Robbie deserves a lot of credit for that.”
“He’s been fantastic. He can’t do any more than he’s done. To win the FA Cup and the Champions League, he can’t do more than that.”
Frank Lampard, the captain on the night, added: “He took us from a struggling team maybe going out of the Champions League and we won it, so look at that.”
Di Matteo hailed his team’s spirit, saying: “We have a group of players that have a big heart, passion, motivation and desire. That was the only way to be able to achieve this trophy.
“It’s been an immense effort by the whole group - staff, players - and we are very happy tonight. Bayern is a good team and when they scored there was not much time left. Games like this need passion and players who rise to the occasion. We’ve got a lot of players like that, who have done it before and did it against today.”
As for Drogba, Di Matteo said: “He’s been incredible for this club. He scored a fantastic goal tonight to keep us in the game, then the winning penalty as well.”
Di Matteo, who took over from Andre Villas-Boas at the start of March, said: “It’s been an incredible three months, demanding and challenging for everybody.”
John Obi Mikel, the midfielder, said: “This is the best night of our lives - we’ve worked all season for this.”
Ashley Cole, the left back who had a fantastic game added: “I’m lost for words. We should have probably lost the game with the amount of chances they had,” he said. “We rode our luck - you need luck in this competition if you’re going to win it. Today we rode our luck but we deserved it today.”
Gary Cahill who joined Chelsea in January has already won two pieces of silverware with the London club also having claimed the FA Cup. “I thought the lads were tremendous today,” he said. “They really dug in and showed that spirit that they have showed in the previous games.”
Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo seemed reluctant to discuss about his future at the London club next season.
“The first thing I want is to go on holiday because these past months haven’t been easy,” Di Matteo said. “But it’s not important. Whatever the club decides, we respect that. I’m not going to disclose [the content of his conversations with Abramovich]. All I know is that he looked very happy tonight because it’s a historic night for our football club.”
Didier Drogba, who is out of contract in the summer, also seemed to concentrate more on the moment and less on his future.
“The most important thing today is not my future,” he said. “The most important thing is what we achieved today. We gave everything. I don’t know if we’ve got enough energy left to party tonight. But it’s the best feeling ever.”
“Today is a great day for the club, for the players, for our fans. I’m just really happy. I don’t know if there are enough words to describe how I feel right now. The only thing I know is that I’m smiling.”