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Barcelona, Real congratulate Chelsea

20 May 2012 05:32

Barcelona and Real Madrid have congratulated Chelsea for pipping Bayern Munich to the 2011-12 Champions League.

Didier Drogba scored the decisive penalty kick in the shootout to hand the Blues the first-ever European Cup in their 107-year history after 120 minutes could not separate either team at the Allianz Arena on Saturday as the game was deadlocked at 1-1 after extra time.

The two Spanish sides, who were widely expected to participate in Saturday's final, were dumped out at the last-four stage of the competition by the finalists, but various members from Barcelona and Madrid have nonetheless applauded Roberto Di Matteo's men for their achievement.

Barca's official Twitter feed read: "Congratulations to @chelseafc for their first title in the Champions League!"

Defender Gerard Pique wrote: "Congrats to Chelsea! The new Champions League winners!", while president Sandro Rosell said "Congratulations to Chelsea, champions of Europe".

Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos was delighted for his Spain team-mates Juan Mata and Fernando Torres, who enjoyed their first taste of glory as European club champions.

"Congratulations to two good friends @juanmata10 and F.Torres. Congratulations winners .. ! Also keep your head up Robben," Ramos wrote.

Xabi Alonso, however, was engrossed by the occasion: "Football drama II. Congrats Chelsea. Sorry for Bayern."

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