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Chelsea fans to paint London blue
Published : 20 May 2012 08:47:04Rss feed
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 an 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 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.
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 shoot-out 4-3.
The team's last victory parade saw around 70,000 excited fans flock to the streets to celebrate the club's 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.
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