Chelsea stars savour extra-time FA Cup winner

May 19, 2007

Didier Drogba savoured his extra-time FA Cup final winner against Manchester United at the new Wembley and admitted it was Chelsea's get-out-of-jail card.

EmpicsChelsea joy as they lift the FA Cup

The Carling Cup winners went into the final desperate to secure a domestic cup double after United's Premiership title triumph.

'I feel great,' said Drogba, who struck in the 116th minute. 'If we don't win this cup we would be very, very frustrated.

'I'm just happy to score the first goal in the new stadium.'

Drogba also paid tribute to manager Jose Mourinho, owner Roman Abramovich and his Blues team-mates.

He told BBC1: 'This (another trophy) is what Jose has shown in his three years with us. Special congratulations to him and Roman.

'A lot of the players have been criticised but this is my team.'

Chelsea captain John Terry claimed winning the FA Cup had helped 'make up' for losing the Premiership title to United.

'This makes up for it. It's not nice losing - but nice coming here (and winning).'

He told BBC1: 'It's absolutely unbelievable. It's one of the best feelings I have ever experienced

'The way we hung right on to the death. The way Didier took his goal. It was first class.

'We both started tentative, gave the ball away and make mistakes.

'But we kept going and going - and it paid off.'

Frank Lampard admitted he wanted to stay at Chelsea 'forever' and confirmed he is hoping to sort out contract talks.

'These are my people and I want to stay,' he said.

'This is my club and I hope I can sort it out soon because I want to stay forever.'

The England midfielder added: 'It took a long time to come because it was such a tight game, we cancelled each other out after a long season.

'It took a quality finish to do it and we did it in the end. Both teams have been firing on all fronts, giving it their all.

'It was a very close game, both of us had fair chances. We got the quality goal that won it and it`s massive for us. The lads have put so much effort into it.'

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech was asked about the incident involving Ryan Giggs, who forced him over the line when he had the ball in his grasp. The referee waved played on having not spotted the foul.

'It (the ball) was behind the line,' Cech told BBC1, 'but it would have been a foul anyway.'

Cech also felt winning the FA Cup had provided some consolation after the disappointment in Europe and the title race.

'I've heard a lot about the FA Cup and this feeling is amazing,' he said.

'We have been chasing all four trophies. We lost a semi-final (Champions League) on penalties and we lost the Premiership at the last moment so this cup is a real achievement.'