The wait is over at long last. Roberto Di Matteo and Chelsea wrote their names into the history books as a 4-3 win on penalties over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday ensured the European Cup will be going to Stamford Bridge for the first time ever.
Didier Drogba's header on 88 minutes dramatically cancelled Thomas Muller's opener just five minutes earlier. Both teams could not be separated in extra time after Arjen Robben's spot kick was saved by Petr Cech. In the shootout, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ivica Olic missed for the Bavarians before Drogba buried the championship kick.
Di Matteo's men may have become overnight heroes in the blue half of west London, but it has been a tumultuous campaign for the club in Europe. From a potential group stage elimination to a sensational comeback against Napoli to the stunning triumph over Barcelona, the Blues have negotiated their fair share of obstacles, and they have climbed to the top of the mountain.
Goal.com looks back at Chelsea's remarkable roller coaster ride in this season's Champions League en route to a historic triumph.
Good start | Ballack couldn't hold off his former club as Chelsea won 2-0 in group opener
Remember me? | Mata returned to Valencia to help Chelsea earn a 1-1 draw at Mestalla
Five-star show | Meireles and Torres scored the first three goals in 5-0 victory over Genk
Late shock | Leverkusen netted a 90th minute winner to shock the Blues 2-1
Waltzing through | A 3-0 win at Valencia in the do-or-die clash sent Chelsea into last 16
Naples nightmare | Lavezzi and Cavani crushed Chelsea 3-1 in the last 16
Revival begins | Di Matteo guided the Blues to stunning 4-1 comeback win over Napoli
Torres thunder | El Nino inspired Chelsea to victory at Benfica in the quarterfinal first leg
Settle down | Meireles' late strike against Benfica sealed Chelsea's place in the final four
Drog day | Drogba stunned Barca at the Bridge with the only goal of the first leg
Lifeline | Ramires sparked Blues' comeback as he pulled a goal back against Barca
Who me? | Terry cost himself a place in the final by getting sent off
Adios | Torres rounded Valdes to end Barca's challenge at Camp Nou
Agony and Ecstasy | Lampard reveled in Chelsea's triumph as Messi was left stunned
Blues brothers | Chelsea celebrated passage to Munich
Mullered | Chelsea stared at defeat when Bayern scored seven minutes from time
Didier drama | Drogba sent the final into extra time with an 88th-minute equalizer
Cech mate | The Blues keeper saved former teammate Robben's penalty in extra time
Spot on | Drogba rolls home Chelsea's winning penalty in the shootout
Celebration time | The Blues celebrate on the pitch after beating Bayern 4-3 on penalties
Kings of Europe | Chelsea lifts the Champions League trophy for the first time in the club's history
- Didier Drogba
- Roberto Di Matteo
- Bayern Munich
- Champions League
- Arjen Robben