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Photos: London turns blue as Champions Chelsea return

Last updated on: May 21, 2012 01:01 IST

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Thousands of Chelsea fans lined the streets of west London on Sunday to see the club's first Champions League-winning side parade the trophy.

The Blues went straight to their Stamford Bridge ground from the airport after flying back from Munich, where they beat Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout the previous evening.

The rolling procession kicked off from Stamford Bridge, with manager Roberto Di Matteo, captain John Terry and the rest of the double-winning Chelsea team displaying their newly-won silverware.

Captain John Terry led a chant of "Champione, champione, ole, ole, ole".

Here are the pictures for Chelsea's victory parade in London:


Image: Chelsea football players returning from their Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich are surrounded by fans during a victory parade along the Kings Road in Chelsea
Photographs: Paul Hackett/Reuters

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Chelsea lost to Manchester United in the 2008 final on penalties but erased that painful memory as they held their nerve to become London's first European champions.

Frank Lampard"I believe a lot in destiny. It was written a long time ago. This team is amazing and I dedicate this cup to all the managers and players we had before," Drogba said.

"(My equaliser) changed the game. Life is fantastic."


Image: The Chelsea team celebrate from an open top bus during the Chelsea victory parade following their UEFA Champions League and FA Cup victories
Photographs: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

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Chelsea looked down and out when Thomas Muller arrived at the back post to bounce a header into the net from Toni Kroos's deep cross in the 83rd minute.

Muller was buried under his joyous team mates as Bayern appeared to have clinched the trophy but there was to be a sting in the tail.

With two minutes remaining, Chelsea earned their first corner and when the ball was swung in Drogba climbed high to crash a header past Neuer.


Image: Chelsea football player Didier Drogba holds the Champions League trophy during a victory parade along the Kings Road in Chelsea
Photographs: Paul Hackett/Reuters

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Chelsea's success, built on the millions invested in the club over the last nine years by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, came on another night of unlikely glory in a season that seemed to be going nowhere under coach Andre Villas-Boas who was sacked in March.

Chelsea were rejuvenated by interim coach Roberto Di Matteo who not only steered them to this success but also won the FA Cup two weeks ago.


Image: Chelsea's Frank Lampard holds the Champions League trophy near owner Roman Abramovich during their victory parade in west London
Photographs: Olivia Harris/Reuters

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Di Matteo ended the campaign not only with the two cups, but also making Chelsea the first London club to win the trophy since the competition began 57 years ago and guaranteed to play Champions League football again next season.

The match itself was similar to Chelsea's astonishing semi-final victory over Barcelona with both successes built on solid steel rearguard actions against sides that dominated them territorially and with possession of the ball.


Image: Chelsea fans wait for the Chelsea victory parade following their UEFA Champions League and F.A. Cup victories
Photographs: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

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Asked about the future of caretaker manager Di Matteo, who is far from guaranteed the job on a permanent basis, Terry said, "It's a club decision, but his CV looks incredible. He deserves it as much as anyone does because he took over at a difficult time for us and he's guided us and made us get to where we've got.

"It's up to the club to speak to him about but he's been brilliant," he added.


Image: Chelsea football club fans wait for the victory parade bus, after the team arrived from their Champions League victory against Bayern Munich
Photographs: Olivia Harris/Reuters

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