Chelsea fans in S’pore bask in Champs League glory

Chelsea fans celebrating the Champions League win. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Singapore fan club/ Anita Shewchuk)Chelsea fans celebrating the Champions League win. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Singapore fan club/ Anita Shewch …

What started off as the biggest day for Chelsea fans in Singapore turned out to be one they will never forget.

All hell broke loose at the Harry's bar at Esplanade — home of the Chelsea fan club in Singapore -- when Didier Drogba converted his spot-kick to send the Blues to their first ever Champions League title after beating Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties (1-1 after extra-time).

Singing "Campeone, Campeone, Ole Ole Ole..", the 170-odd local Chelsea fans rocked the place and the electrifying atmosphere meant you could have easily mistaken it for the Allianz Arena where the final was held.

Glecy Buntelle Tan, a Chelsea fan for nine years, was struggling to contain her joy while speaking to Yahoo! Singapore.

She said, "We are going to talk about this for years to come. It's the best moment in all the years that I have supported Chelsea. Drogba was the savior for us once again!"

Johan Tay, a Chelsea fan for seven years, was equally overjoyed.

He beamed, "I am lost for words to describe my feeling right now. I still can't believe we are the champions of Europe. What a final that was!

Blues fan Jeffrey Lee believes it was written in the stars for Chelsea to win it.

"It's written in the stars. I believe Di Matteo's strategy was to hold Bayern as long as possible and even go to penalties, which we did. You can see that from Petr Cech, who looked unfazed and was well prepared for it."

While most Chelsea fans were busy basking in the glory, some offered sympathy to their German counterparts.

Colin Samuel Goh said, "We played quite badly in my opinion and Bayern were by far the better side. But they left their shooting boots at home and we punished them for it.

"But I can empathize with the heartbreak Bayern fans are feeling now, more so that they lost it in front of their home crowd."

From a caretaker to a history maker, many have called for Roberto Di Matteo to be handed the permanent job after the Italian delivered both the FA Cup and the Champions League.

Ray Lim said," There is no reason for Roman Abramovich not to give him the job now after what he has achieved. The players love him and are happy to play for Chelsea. That's the most important thing.

So what do you think? Has Di Matteo done enough to secure the permanent job at Chelsea?