At various times during their Champions League campaign it seemed a formality that Chelsea would be eliminated from the competition, but every time the hammer hovered over their coffin lid ready for the final nail to be applied, the team found a way to defy the odds and finally lift the trophy.
Here are the main reasons why Chelsea are the European Champions.
Surely the number one reason for their success is the number of penalties saved and scored during their campaign. The two crucial spot kicks where when Lionel Messi missed one against them at the Camp Nou in the semi-final and then of course Arjen Robben in the final during extra time at the Allianz Arena. Had either of these penalties been scored there would surely have been no turning back. But of course they were not converted and Didier Drogba who was responsible for conceding a penalty in the Final then won the trophy by converting his penalty in the shoot-out.