Chelsea started the month of May with a whimper, losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle United, who were still in the battle for fourth spot and a coveted Champions League place. Two wonder goals from Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse sealed the victory for the Magpies.
Next up for Chelsea was the FA Cup Final against Liverpool at Wembley. The Blues went ahead after 11 minutes when Ramires scored, before Didier Drogba doubled their lead after the break. Liverpool staged something of a comeback around the hour mark when Andy Carroll clawed a goal back, but Chelsea hung on to win their first trophy of the season. Roberto Di Matteo was able to add another FA Cup winners medal to his collection, which he thoroughly deserved after the way he had turned the club's fortunes around.
Liverpool avenged their cup final defeat three days later at Anfield as they beat Chelsea 4-1 in the League. The Blues were outclassed across the pitch, but were more concerned with their upcoming trip to Germany.
Chelsea had the luxury of nothing to play for on the final day of the season, with the visitors to Stamford Bridge the already relegated Blackburn Rovers. The home side recorded a 2-1 win to send their fans off to Munich on a high.
On May 19, those Chelsea fans lucky enough to be in possession of a ticket for the biggest night in club football were in the beautiful city of Munich, on a gloriously sunny day, soaking up the pre-match atmosphere.
Upon entering the Allianz Arena, it became clear that it was not a neutral venue in any sense of the word. Two thirds of the stadium were clad in the red of Bayern Munich, with a few dotted around the Chelsea end too. After a bizarre and slightly creepy pre-match show involving some people zorbing in giant footballs, the Champions League Final was underway.
Chelsea were without several key players, including captain John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires, all suspended after a poor disciplinary record.
Bayern Munich created the better chances in the first half, with Chelsea content to continue their plan of waiting for an opportunity to counter which had proved so successful against Barcelona. The 'soak it up and see' plan continued in the second half, and it looked very much like the game was going to extra time.
That was until Thomas Muller scored on 83 minutes, collapsing under the weight of his team mates as they celebrated what they thought was the winning goal. Muller was then substituted, and was a spectator as Fernando Torres won a corner, and Didier Drogba rose above everybody to power a bullet header just inside the post. Cue hysteria from the 22,000 Chelsea fans behind that goal.
As extra time began, Drogba turned from hero to villain after fouling Franck Ribery in the box, leaving his former Chelsea team mate Arjen Robben to take the resulting penalty. It took a while for him to place the ball, and John Obi Mikel stood with him the whole time, apparently psyching him out. It worked.
Petr Cech saved the penalty, a brilliant omen for the events to come.
The minutes continued to crawl by until the referee called time on two hours of football. It had come to penalties.
This was Chelsea's second experience of a Champions League Final, with the last one in 07/08 also ending in a penalty shootout. That night, in the Russian rain, against Manchester United in Moscow, things had gone awry.
This time would be different.
Drogba was still on the pitch, and even though the opposition were from Germany, they could be beaten.
Bayern Munich went first, with Philip Lahm coolly slotting his penalty past Cech. Juan Mata stepped up to take Chelsea's first of the shootout, and missed. At that point, and at that point alone, I thought it was over. I thought that I had sat on a coach for 18 hours and come all the way to Germany, only to get my heart broken again.
Mario Gomez made it 2-0 to Bayern, before David Luiz took the longest run up ever to make it 2-1. Then Bayern 'keeper Manuel Neuer stepped up for their third, a cheeky move which I thought would backfire, and beat his opposite number. Frank Lampard made it 3-2, and then Ivica Olic saw his penalty go wide of the post. Still 3-2 to Bayern.
Ashley Cole, who cannot shoot from open play, scored his penalty to make it 3-3. Then Bastian Schweinsteiger made his way to the spot. He put plenty of power behind it to place it in the bottom right corner, but Petr Cech got his fingertips to it and tipped it wide.
With nine of the ten penalties taken, There was only one man who was going to take Chelsea's final spot-kick. The man who had missed the shootout in Moscow having been sent off for violent conduct, the man who had scored so many big goals in big games, the man whose contract expired at the end of the 2011/12 season: Didier Drogba.
In contrast to David Luiz's epic run up, Drogba took two steps before slotting home the shot which gave Chelsea their greatest moment of glory in their 107 year history, the trophy they had been chasing for ten years. Even better, it meant that they qualified for the 2012/13 tournament at the expense of arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Roberto Di Matteo became the first Chelsea manager to ever win the European Cup, and made sure that the team that won it, a team that had been so demoralised when he took charge, a team that had played its last game with some key figures, would never be forgotten, as they went down in history as Chelsea's first European Champions.