Chelsea captain laments Champions League penalty

Chelsea news: John Terry says he will never forget penalty miss in the 2008 Champions League final

Daniel Wittenberg
Published 04/14/2013 08:19 by Daniel Wittenberg, read by 6,340 people.

Chelsea hero John Terry relives the 2008 Champions League final defeat to Manchester United, asserting that his infamous penalty miss "wasn't meant to be".

The defender was lucky to be playing that night in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, after falling victim to an injury ten days earlier at Stamford Bridge.

"In the last league team I was carried off with an elbow injury," he told 

"I was told it would be three or four weeks. I look at it now and wish it had been three or four weeks, because maybe we would have won it," the Blues veteran lamented.

"99% of those bad memories were erased in Munich, because the fans and the club and the players all deserved it. 

"We had our ups and downs, but we went and did it in the end."

The fifth penalty was taken by legendary striker Didier Drogba on that occasion, prompting fervid celebrations at the Allianz Arena: "I had so much stick for having my kit on, but from the start we were all going to do that.

"Those pictures are for life and we didn't want to be there in our tracksuits," said Terry. 

"We were in the build-up, part of that history, and nobody can take that away."

However, the 32-year-old rues the absence of Drogba in the 2008 shoot-out, following his controversial red card during the game: "If he hadn't been sent off he'd have taken the fifth penalty, I wouldn't have been among the five takers.

"I didn't feel comfortable from the start, coming up against a side in Man United we knew so well from playing every week. In the game, they really tired towards the end. We were saying to keep pushing, they were struggling with cramp a lot."

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