Bertrand: I wondered at times where my career was going but I never gave up

15:55 20 May 2012

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich's Philip Lahm (second left) and Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand (centre) battle for the ball

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ryan Bertrand made his European debut in the Champions League final

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.”

Related articles


Live Blog Transfer Window Live June 30
 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Chelsea news

Sunday, July 5, 2015
A TV camera films the action during the Barclays Premier League  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The general manager of Bundesliga club Mainz is becoming increasingly concerned that the English Premier League is going to threaten clubs like his.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin during the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road, London.

Newcastle will still go all out to sign Charlie Austin this summer despite interest from as many as six other clubs.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Radamel Falcao has rumoured to be interesting Chelsea.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Radamel Falcao is targeting his first silverware in England having joined reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on a season-long loan.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Edin Dzeko and Aleksander Mitrovic

It has been a busy Sunday in the capital. Check out all of today’s main stories here:

Sunday, July 5, 2015
QPR winger Matt Phillips

QPR want £25million for duo Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips this summer.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more