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By ESPN Staff
Apr 30, 2008

Drogba: Champs League final appearance overdue

Two-goal hero Didier Drogba was ecstatic after firing Chelsea to the Champions League final with a 3-2 victory over Liverpool.

The Ivory Coast striker scored the first and third goals as the Blues sealed a showdown with Manchester United in Moscow in extra-time.

Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel netted for the Reds but it was Chelsea's night.

Drogba told Sky Sports 2: 'It is something amazing. Today we did very well. I am really pleased for the club because we've been looking for this final for too long.'

The former Marseille forward was accused before the game of diving by Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and Drogba admitted he was 'disappointed' by the Spaniard's comments.

'It's difficult as I said,' Drogba added. 'Benitez is a fantastic coach and I was a bit disappointed but I think he felt his team was not strong enough and Chelsea were going to beat them. I am just happy for my team and I don't want to think about others.

'It's not good for my image. I'm giving my best to put my team at the top and I think it's not fair but it's finished.'

Blues captain John Terry admitted he had not fully absorbed the scale of his team's achievement.

'It's fantastic, I think we've fully deserved it over the years, we've had our chance but I thought we made it hard for ourselves at the end.

'It has not sunk in properly. We'll enjoy tonight but it will take 24 hours to sink in.'

Frank Lampard scored a penalty and Terry paid tribute to the England midfielder whose mother died last week.

'What a character Lamps is.

'It has been a terrible week for him. I'm sure Frank will dedicate that goal to his mum.'