Chelsea prepare for Champions League victory parade in west London
Sunday, 20 May 2012
*Tens of thousands of Chelsea fans are expected to line the streets of west London to celebrate their team's famous Champions League and FA Cup double.*
Chelsea players celebrate with the Champions League trophy (Picture: Getty)
Chelsea won the Champions League for the first time in their history last night with a 4-3 penalties win over Bayern Munich following a 1-1 draw after extra time in the Allianz Arena.
Interim manager Roberto Di Matteo will be joined in today's open-top bus parade by last night's Munich heroes Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech, along with all the other players who took part in the amazing victory.
Didier Drogba has now scored nine goals in nine finals for Chelsea (Picture: AFP/Getty)
The parade is due to begin from Stamford Bridge at 4pm before heading along Fulham Road and King's Road until reaching Parsons Green.
Local road closures will be in place and will not be lifted until crowds disperse later in the day, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham said.
Chelsea supporters celebrate the famous victory in Munich (Picture: Reuters)
Councillor Nick Botterill said Chelsea's Champions League heroics would 'never be forgotten in these parts'.
'Like a phoenix from the flames Roberto Di Matteo turned around what could have been a disappointing year for the Blues to deliver the top prize in world club football to west London,' he said.
'This will forever be remembered as the year the Blues achieved their European destiny.'
Didier Drogba beats Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to win the Champions League (Picture: EPA)
At least 25,000 Chelsea supporters were in Bayern's home ground to watch the team's greatest-ever European night as Drogba, playing possibly his last game for the club, scored the decisive penalty after heading home an 88th minute equaliser to cancel out Thomas Muller's opener and send the game into extra-time.
After Drogba felled Franck Ribery in the box in the first period of extra time former Blues winger Arjen Robben saw his weak penalty saved by Cech, with the goalkeeper going on to save spot-kicks from Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the shootout.
That set the stage for Drogba, 34, who is out of contract this summer, to score the winning penalty, having also scored in Chelsea's 2-1 FA Cup final win over Liverpool earlier this month.
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