Gary Cahill says victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday will make up for the disappointment of missing the FA Cup final.
The Chelsea defender was sidelined for the victory over Liverpool after suffering a hamstring injury against Barcelona.
But the Stamford Bridge medical staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the 26-year-old will be fit to replace John Terry at the heart of Chelsea's backline.
And Cahill is intent on avoiding a repeat of the regret on missing out at Wembley.
He said: "That was a sickener for me because it would have been a big part in my career. So for me to make this one is a huge moment."
It will cap a great year for the former Bolton man, who moved to west London to win trophies.
"It's my first final and it's in the biggest competition - sink or swim," he said.
"You come here to play in these competitions and be a part of this. We've got a great chance now to lift the best trophy in club football. I did win a few things as a kid, but nothing since."
"It's been a mad season and a fantastic season for me," he continued. "Making a move here has obviously worked out really well.
"First to win the FA Cup and now to go into this huge game in my first six months here is really crazy."
And Cahill says that Terry can still have an impact on the side, despite his suspension.
"He's a big presence in our team and our dressing room. He won't be playing but he'll be involved in the build-up and in the dressing room," he added.
"He'll be a big part of the day and we'll all see his influence."
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