Englishman Gary Cahill deserves to be celebrated as he is officially the last man standing from the crop of Chelsea players that defied the odds to win the UEFA Champions League in 2012. Stamford Bridge was lit as they achieved a long term dream and joined the elite clubs in Europe to have being crowned best club in Europe.
Didider Drogba, after scoring the winning penalty kick, left the club even though he returned for their EPL winning season under Jose Mourinho before leaving again. However the former Ivory Coast international double cemented his status as a legend.
Afterwards the mass exodus from the team began and numerous changes happened. Jose Bosingwa who was struggling took his exit at no better time. Though he suffered some mishaps at his stay at Queen Park Rangers but Blues fans would not forget his display when it really mattered.
A fellow Ivorian Saloman Kalou followed as he moved to Germany. Juan Mata left Chelsea for United even though his coach Mourinho moved to manage him again. PSG’s offer for David Luiz was too good for Chelsea to pass up and the Brazilian left even though he was drafted in back last minute on transfer deadline.
Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Ryan Bertrand, Petr Cech and Mikel Obi left at various times for various reasons. Antonio Conte labelled Mikel surplus to requirements so he moved to China for retirement money, Cech wanted to be number one again and moved to Arsenal instead of playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois. Chelsea’s all time goalscorer moved to the MLS and replicated a decent form after a stint at Manchester City, cementing his place as one of the best Three Lions player of his generation.
Cahill remains, now proudly wearing the armband as the last man standing.
With Chelsea not in the running for the Champions League this season, it seems the only way for fans to get hold of tickets will be through sites like Livefootballtickets.com – the final is taking place in Cardiff on June 3rd.