John Terry: Champions League victory exactly how I planned it
As the dust settles on Chelsea's amazing Champions League victory, Back of the Net's John Foster explains that John Terry always knew things would unfold in such a fashion...
Chelsea captain John Terry has declared himself 'over the moon' with his sideÃ¢ÂÂs penalty shootout triumph in the Champions League final, announcing that the trophy was just reward for his brilliantly executed tactical masterplan.
Chelsea were victorious against Bayern Munich despite allowing the German side countless chances to win the game, an outcome Terry revealed was Ã¢ÂÂalways my planÃ¢ÂÂ.
The 31-year old did not play in the match, however, following his red card against Barcelona in the previous round, a dismissal Terry proudly stated was Ã¢ÂÂthe most important piece of the jigsaw.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂIf I hadnÃ¢ÂÂt crucially kneed Alexis Sanchez in the bum when I did, weÃ¢ÂÂd have lost that game, no question,Ã¢ÂÂ Terry asserted. Ã¢ÂÂIn that moment it all came down to me, and IÃ¢ÂÂm very proud I did my duty.
Ã¢ÂÂPlus, it was crucial I get myself suspended for the final, so that I could heroically lead the lads to victory from the sidelines,Ã¢ÂÂ he added.
Ã¢ÂÂIf thatÃ¢ÂÂs not leadership, I donÃ¢ÂÂt know what is.Ã¢ÂÂ
JT - pictured with his assistants - loves it when a plan comes together
Terry also claimed credit for changing into full matchday kit, including shinpads, to lift the trophy at the end, telling FourFourTwo.com that the gesture spoke volumes about his character.
Ã¢ÂÂIt would have been the easiest thing in the world to stay on the sidelines and let the players who won it take the glory, but IÃ¢ÂÂm big enough and man enough to stand right in the middle of any celebration, whether itÃ¢ÂÂs got anything to do with me or not.Ã¢ÂÂ
In addition, the former England captain chose to dedicate his medal to a player he described as Ã¢ÂÂthe man who makes Chelsea what they areÃ¢ÂÂ, namely himself.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs a great night for the owner, for the lads, and of course for the fans,Ã¢ÂÂ Terry remarked, Ã¢ÂÂBut most of all, this victory was all about me.
Ã¢ÂÂAt the end of the day, no-one deserves it more.Ã¢ÂÂ