UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FALLOUT: I Made ROBBEN Miss Penalty — Mikel

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UEFA CHAMPIONS League winner, Nigeria’s Mikel Obi has revealed that he made Argen Robben lose the extra time penalty awarded to Bayern Munich, when he taunted the striker before the kick in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph.

Robben had a glorious opportunity to win Saturday’s Champions League final when Bayern Munich were awarded an extra-time penalty in the Allianz Arena.

But the flaky Dutchman saw his spot-kick brilliantly saved by Petr Cech and did not even step forward for the penalty shootout half an hour later.

“I told Robben he was going to miss. I went up to him and said it in his ear.I told him Petr knew where he was going to kick it and so he would miss.And then Petr went the right way and he made the save.It’s fair enough. It’s just something you try to do from time to time. And this time it worked.When the penalty was missed, we kind of believed this trophy was going to be ours. We knew that luck was on our side,” the Chelsea midfielder said.

Chelsea’s win ended billionaire owner Roman Abramovich’s nine-year quest for what was his Holy Grail.

“The owner has made it clear to us that this trophy is the trophy he wants to win.And now that we have done that, I think that he is a very, very happy man.We have shown what we can do. And, hopefully, people can stop writing us off.I think we have made names for ourselves – we are the first club to win this trophy from London.I think it is just fantastic, it is amazing,” Mikel added.

Chelsea’s triumph also rescued them from the Champions League wilderness, denying Tottenham the spot they had earned

through finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League.

“I am sorry for Spurs – I know they were praying and hoping that we lose,” Miikel said.

The 25-year-old was instrumental in Chelsea winning both the Champions League and FA Cup this season after his days looked numbered under former manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Mikel hailed caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo, saying: “When he took over, he had a word with me and said he knows how good I am, I am just maybe lacking a bit of confidence. And he gave it back to me.”

The Nigerian is now leading the calls for manager Di Matteo to be given the job on a permanent basis.

The Nation

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