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Chelsea's John Terry Misses the Penalty in the Champions League 2008 Final
The picture above will be haunting the Chelsea players, owner, and the Blues' faithful 'til the day the Stamford Bridge outfit are crowned European champions. This is the moment that robbed Chelsea of its debut Champions League title.
After the departure of Mourinho, Chelsea appointed Avram Grant as the caretaker manager of Chelsea. The team was on a roll, and they went all the way to the final at Moscow overcoming Olympiacos, Fenerbahce, and Liverpool.
In the final they faced Manchester United, making it the first all-English final in the history of European Cups. The stage was set for Chelsea to win its maiden Champions League title, and be crowned European champions. They had been very impressive in the whole campaign and also played superbly in the final.
They came back from being a goal down early in the first half. Chelsea commanded the game, but then a free-for-all ensued among players from both sides in the middle of the second-half. The fracas resulted in Chelsea's striker Didier Drogba being sent-off for slapping United defender Nemanja Vidic.
The match ended 1-1 at full time and went into penalties. Chelsea looked all set to be crowned European champions for the first time in its history after goalie Petr Cech had saved a shot from Cristiano Ronaldo. Chelsea's captain fantastic John Terry stepped in to take the shot. But Chelsea's dream remained unfulfilled as the players and fans watched in horror as Terry slipped and his shot hit the post.
Anelka, who took the final penalty, saw his shot saved by United goalie Van der Sar after United legend Ryan Giggs had netted from the spot. Chelsea missed its dreams by a whisker, and saw its wishes remain unfulfilled to date.
That was the closest Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's dreams were to fulfillment. Thereafter Chelsea has come close, but not as been close as the final at Moscow. Winning the Champions League remains the main priority for the West Londoner's even in the new season.