Cech - Ball didn't cross line
Drogba delighted to have picked up another medal
Last Updated: May 5, 2012 10:35pm
Petr Cech is adamant that he pulled off a miraculous save en route to helping Chelsea to FA Cup glory at Wembley on Saturday.
The Blues saw off Liverpool 2-1 to get their hands on the silverware, but almost allowed a two-goal lead to slip through their grasp.
After Ramires and Didier Drogba had put them in complete control of the tie, Andy Carroll stepped off the bench to hand Liverpool a lifeline.
The England international thought he had netted a leveller eight minutes from time when he connected with a trademark header.
Somehow, Cech sprang across his goal and clawed the ball onto the crossbar and away.
Liverpool argued that the effort had crossed the line, but Chelsea's keeper insists he prevented the whole of the ball from crossing the whitewash.
"I was convinced," he told Sky Sports.
"I saw the linesman and I am sure that he got it right. I saw the discussion going on and I said 'It is not in, no way is it in'. I was sure.
"You can always be wrong, but the feeling I had on the pitch was that it was just okay."
Cech has lifted the FA Cup on four occasions during his time at Stamford Bridge and is delighted to have been offered a timely morale boost ahead of Chelsea's UEFA Champions League date with Bayern Munich on 19th May.
He said: "It is fantastic, four times I have won it and no matter how many times you win it is great and I love played here.
"We deserve a lot of credit, we were almost buried but now we have the cup and another final."
Drogba also has four winners' medals to his name and the Ivorian, whose contract is due to expire in the summer, is delighted to have added another major honour to his collection.
After becoming the first man to score in four FA Cup finals, he said: "It is fantastic. That is the reason why I came here, to win trophies and to make history with the club.
"The challenge was big, it was enormous, but I think we dealt with it quite well."