Chelsea’s Champions League winners: Where are the Blues now following that famous night in Munich?


There are now none of Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League winning starting XI left at the club in a playing capacity.

David Luiz’s shock departure to Arsenal and Gary Cahill’s free transfer to Crystal Palace were the final men to leave after that famous night in Munich.

Chelsea side that beat Bayern in 2012

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Chelsea side that beat Bayern in 2012

It is a day no Chelsea fan will ever forget and the players that took on and beat Bayern Munich in their own backyard, securing a place in club folklore.

Led by interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, the Blues had pulled off a miracle just to get to the final, having beaten Napoli and then Barcelona, before creating history. takes a look at what happened to the rest of that Chelsea side.


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Petr Cech

The giant shot-stopper turned in a excellent display in goal, saving three penalties on the night.

He first denied Arjen Robben in extra time and then kept out Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ivica Olic.

Cech Remained at Chelsea for another three season before moving to Arsenal, but was a shadow of the player he once was and called time on his career in May 2019.

He has since returned to Stamford Bridge as a technical and performance advisor.

Cech played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012


Cech played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012

Jose Bosingwa

In his final match for the club, Bosingwa turned in one of his best displays as he done well to marshal the lively Franck Ribery.

He later went on to play for Queens Park Rangers and then Trabzonspor in Turkey.

David Luiz

His deadline day move to Arsenal came as a shock, but in spite of this, no Chelsea fan can take away how crucial he was in Munich.

The Brazilian scored the third penalty in the shoot-out and was a rock at the back alongside Cahill.

Left in 2014 for a brief spell with Paris Saint-Germain but returned under Antonio Conte to win the Premier League.

David Luiz has left for Arsenal


David Luiz has left for Arsenal

Gary Cahill

Cahill had only been at the club four months, having arrived from Bolton in January, when he lined up for the biggest night in his career.

Like Luiz, he was injured prior to this match, but heroically went the distance to stem the relentless Bayern pressure.

In the years that followed, he won two Premier League titles and was named club captain when John Terry left in 2017.

Fell out of favour under Maurizio Sarri last season and has now linked up with Crystal Palace.

Ashley Cole

Then the best left back in the world, Cole was excellent in Munich and relished his battle with Robben.

He scored in the shoot-out and would remain at the club for another year.

Cole then joined Roma, before moving to America with LA Galaxy and then Derby.

Has since hinted he is on the verge of retiring.

Ashley Cole holds the famous trophy


Ashley Cole holds the famous trophy

John Obi Mikel

The Nigerian was another to save his best performance for that night, shielding the back four expertly and putting in a tireless display.

A loyal servant, Mikel was not part of Antonio Conte’s plans and left the club in 2017 for Chinese side Tianjin TEDA.

Last year he signed a short-term deal with Middlesbrough and this summer, left for Trabzonspor.

Frank Lampard

Captain on the night, Lampard led by example once again and fired a brilliant penalty in the shoot-out.

A season later, he would become Chelsea’s all-time record scorer, before joining New York City FC via Manchester City in 2014.

Last season he took charge of Derby, who he led to the play-off final, before landing his dream job when he was appointed manager at Chelsea last month.

Lampard was captain for Chelsea in Munich

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Lampard was captain for Chelsea in Munich

Juan Mata

Joined Chelsea at the start of the 2011/12 season and quickly became a fan favourite.

It was his corner that led to Didier Drogba equalising, but he missed his penalty in the shoot-out.

He was sold to Manchester United for £37million in January 2014 and is still part of their side.

Salomon Kalou

Another player who would feature for the final time in a Chelsea shirt, Kalou was a starter mainly due to suspensions and came off for Torres in the 84th minute.

He moved to Lille for two seasons and then joined German side, Hertha Berlin, where he remains a regular.

Ryan Bertrand

A shock inclusion and the only player to ever make his Champions League debut in the final, Bertrand played left midfield and was solid if not spectacular, eventually being replaced with Florent Malouda.

He started well the following season, but the sacking of Di Matteo spelled the end for him and he was loaned to Aston Villa and then Southampton, where he is a mainstay in their back line.

Bertrand was a shock starter in Munich

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Bertrand was a shock starter in Munich

Didier Drogba

The man for the big occasion delivered on the biggest stage of them all.

He led the line and powered home a header with two minutes remaining, but almost went from hero to zero, when he fouled Ribery, luckily the subsequent penalty was missed by Robben.

Calmly slotted away the winning spot-kick and left for China and then moved to Turkish side Galatasaray.

Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge two seasons later, where he helped them win another league title, before joining MLS outfit, Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising, eventually retiring aged 40.

Drogba was the hero for Chelsea

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Drogba was the hero for Chelsea

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