Latest London news, sport & entertainment

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C

Five-day forecast

Ryan Bertrand made his European debut in the Champions League final

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Chelsea star Ryan Bertrand vindicated his self-belief after he picked up a Champions League winners medal in his first European outing.

The full back by trade was deployed down the left flank and did not look out of place in the final.

“I spent time at so many clubs, I wondered at times where my career was going, but I never gave up,” Bertrand said. “Ashley Cole has been such a massive help to me too. All the way through. “It was great being out there with him, he kept his eye on me.

“The atmosphere was amazing. Bayern fans outnumbered the Chelsea fans and it wasn’t 50-50 in there, there was more like 70% of them, against us, but we stuck in there together and won it. It’s just incredible.”

The 22-year-old was astounded when interim head coach Roberto Di Matteo told him that he would be playing.

“When the manager told me I was playing, of course I could hardly believe it, but I knew what I had to do,” said Bertrand, who became the first player to make his European debut in a European Cup final since Aston Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink in 1982.

“I’m still waiting for someone to pinch me now. I tried to relax and go to sleep in the afternoon but had all these images flashing through my mind. I was getting all these flashbacks, too, of when I was a kid, growing up in South London, in Peckham, in Bermondsey, tough places, playing against the wall with my mates.”

Share this article

submit to reddit submit to Fark

0 comments

Related links

Other Chelsea Articles

Chelsea squad

Loading...

Chelsea video news

LDN24 Promotions

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

WIN beer with Beer BingoTM

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Read full story »

The Week subscription offer

The Week magazine special offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Read full story »

Bird Box, the debut novel penned by Josh Malerman, frontman of Detroit based rock band The High Strung

DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES

London24 has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a free Amazon Kindle taster of Bird Box, the debut novel penned by Josh Malerman, frontman of Detroit based rock band The High Strung.

Read full story »