Drogba rues absentees
Key suspensions cast cloud on stunning victory for Chelsea
Last Updated: April 25, 2012 5:53am
Chelsea will be missing four crucial members of their side when they run out in Munich for the UEFA Champions League final on May 19th.
John Terry is suspended following his sending off and he will be joined on the sidelines by Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles, who were all booked at Camp Nou.
Didier Drogba, who scored the vital first leg winner at Stamford Bridge, admitted that the loss of important team-mates had tempered the celebrations following their stunning 3-2 aggregate success.
He told Sky Sports: "We are happy that we qualified, but at the same time we keep our feet on the ground because our best players are not going to be there for the final."
"I'm very happy to be in the final again. Now we have to win it."
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The Blues were forced to play almost an hour with 10 men after Terry's red card, but the striker said they never lost belief they could win the tie, even when it looked woefully against the odds.
He said: "We came here to qualify. We defended well and we tried to score with the chances we had.
"My desire is the same every year when I play the Champions League. I always want to win. I'm very happy to be in the final again. Now we have to win it."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Petr Cech hailed the battling performance of the side.
He said: "We scored the away goal - that was key. Twice we scored goals. We fought for 90 minutes in the first game, and in this game when it was even worse and we were down to 10 men, 2-0 down.
"We did what we could. It was fantastic and we got our reward. We tried to survive and we survived pretty well."