John Terry said nine years of heartache had melted away after Chelsea finally lifted the European Cup. Not meant to play: John Terry (Picture: Getty Images) Terry’s disappointment at his self-inflicted ban for Saturday’s epic triumph over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final vanished as he and stand-in captain Frank Lampard hoisted aloft the biggest prize in club football. Describing it as the greatest moment of his career, Terry said: ‘I’ve waited so long for it and for it to finally be here wipes away all those bad memories. Year after year, we’ve had some, but that completely wipes it away. For me, that’s what we strived for.’ Terry has been Chelsea captain for all nine of their Champions League campaigns under billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, suffering four semi-final defeats and an agonising loss in the 2008 final. That match in Moscow against Manchester United is remembered chiefly for the defender’s missed penalty in the shoot-out which would have won the game for Chelsea. And Terry added: ‘Eight, nine years, I’ve been waiting for this. Being knocked out of competitions in the last minute, losing on penalties before in Moscow and losing against Liverpool, that’s something that lived with me. ‘But, all of a sudden, a big weight is off my shoulders and probably everyone within this football club.’ Unlike four year ago, Terry could only watch the penalty shoot-out as a result of being sent off in the semi-final second leg at the Nou Camp for gratuitously kneeing Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez off-the-ball. ‘I can live with that, I really can, because the club have won,’ he said. ‘Things are just meant to be. And I wasn’t meant to play. We’ve gone on to win it and, for me, that’s all that matters because I care about this football club so much.’ Terry and the other squad members not involved even gambled on donning their strips before the shoot-out was over. ‘We stuck our kit on and hoped for the best and, thankfully, we went on to do it,’ Terry said. The success ended the quest Abramovich set out on in 2003 when he bought Chelsea and was reward at last for the club who should have been England’s first European Cup representatives but were denied entry to the inaugural competition in 1955 by the then Football League chairman Alan Hardaker. PICTURES: Chelsea Champions League victory parade
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