Champions League Final: Chelsea Fans To Line West London Streets To Celebrate Win

Huffington Post UK/PA  |  Posted: Updated: 20/05/2012 09:02

Tens of thousands of Chelsea fans will line the streets of west London today to celebrate the club's historic Champions League and FA Cup double.

Hoards of jubilant supports are expected to salute their heroes during a victory open top bus parade less than 24 hours after the Blues' dramatic Champions League penalty triumph in Munich.

The rolling procession will kick-off from Stamford Bridge at 4pm with rookie manager Roberto Di Matteo, captain John Terry and the rest of the double-winning Chelsea team set to display their newly-won silverware.

The Blues were crowned European club champions for the first time in their history after a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Germany last night.

They overcame Bayern Munich in their home stadium after the match went to extra time.

Around 25,000 Chelsea fans packed behind one of the goals in the Allianz Arena, while many more crammed into bars in London and around the UK to follow the action live on TV.

Even Prime Minister David Cameron managed to catch the nail-biting shoot-out, watching the drama unfold alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders at the G8 summit at Camp David.

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Didier Drogba was Chelsea's hero, scoring the equalising goal in the dying minutes of normal time and netting the spot kick to win the shootout 4-3.

It followed his match-winning goal which saw the west Londoners overcome Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley earlier this month.

Drogba was nearly the villain last night when he conceded a penalty in the first half of extra time, but Dutchman Arjen Robben's shot was saved by Chelsea's other hero on the night, goalkeeper Petr Cech.

At 34, Drogba is said to be leaving Stamford Bridge, so his winning goal could well be his last kick for the club.

But the Ivorian star will certainly be immortalised as a Chelsea legend by the fans.

He said of his team-mates on ITV: "They never give up until the end. This team is amazing.

"It was written, I think, a long time ago.

"I want to dedicate this cup to all the managers we've had before, all the players I've played with before."

Roman Abramovich, the club's owner, joined in the celebrations from the stands.

The team's last victory parade saw around 70,000 excited fans flocked to the streets to celebrate the clubs 2010 Premier League and FA Cup double.

Today's bus celebration will follow the same route, travelling along streets including Fulham Road and King's Road before ending in Parsons Green.

Local roads will be restricted and some closed to traffic from early this morning until the crowds disperse, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham said.

Councillor Nick Botterill, H&F Council Deputy Leader, said: "Chelsea's historic Champions League and FA Cup double is a monumental achievement that will never be forgotten in these parts.

"Like a phoenix from the flames Roberto Di Matteo turned around what could have been a disappointing year for the Blues to deliver the top prize in world club football to west London.

"This will forever be remembered as the year the Blues achieved their European destiny!"

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    A supporter of Bayern Munich cheers his team before the start of the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelsea's British defender John Terry (R

    Chelsea's British defender John Terry (R) waits on the pitch with team members before the start of the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Former German football player and Bayern Munich advisor Paul Breitner carries the trophy over the pitch before the start of the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The team of Bayern Munich poses for a team photo before the start of the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L)

    Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) and Bayern Munich's German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (R) and Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech react after the referee refused a goal for Munich during the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (C)

    Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (C) jumps for the ball as Bayern Munich's German forward Thomas Mueller (R) scores the 1-0 during the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Chelsea's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Chelsea's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba

    Chelsea's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring the 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck

    Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (C) reacts while being helped by medical assistants during the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (R)

    Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (R) and Bayern Munich's German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer concentrate before the penalty session of the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelsea's Spanish forward Juan Mata (R)

    Chelsea's Spanish forward Juan Mata (R) misses to score during the penalty phase of the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Chelsea players during the penalty shoot-out

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    Chelsea players react to Didier Drogba scoring the winning penalty during the shoot-out

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    Suspended Chelsea captain John Terry (second right) joins his team-mates to celebrate their victory after the final whistle

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    Chelsea's Frank Lampard celebrates victory after the final whistle

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    Chelsea players celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties to win the Champions League. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelsea's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba

    Chelsea's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba (C) celebrates with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties to win the Champions League. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelsea's Spanish forward Fernando Torre

    Chelsea's Spanish forward Fernando Torres (L) and Chelsea's Portuguese defender Jose Bosingwa celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties to win the Champions League. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelsea's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba

    Chelsea's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba (C) celebrates with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties to win the Champions League. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Chelses players celebrate with the troph

    Chelses players celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties to win the Champions League. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

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