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Manager Carlo Ancelotti delighted with Chelsea Double

Thousands watch Chelsea parade

Carlo Ancelotti hailed a "great season" for Chelsea after the club sealed a Premier League and FA Cup Double after a 1-0 win over Portsmouth at Wembley.

Didier Drogba's free-kick proved enough in the FA Cup final, although Petr Cech will also get the plaudits for his penalty save from Kevin Prince Boateng.

"It was a great day and a great season," said the Chelsea manager.

"The strength is in the organisation of the club. Everybody worked hard to do their best this season."

The Italian believed that Cech's spot-kick save in the 56th minute was a crucial turning point in the match.

"It was the key moment," he said. "It would have been very difficult if Portsmouth scored."


Cech regarded his save from Boateng as "lucky".

"I knew what the choices were and from the body language when he ran towards me I chose that side - but I was lucky to get there," he added.

Ancelotti, who joined Chelsea last summer, has now won the Community Shield, league title and FA Cup.

Asked whether he was now looking to add the Champions League he said: "We will try. This year we wanted to win also the Champions League but we have to be happy for the Premier League and the FA Cup."

Chelsea hit the woodwork five times in the first half and goal-hero Drogba revealed he thought his side would be out of luck on the day.

"It's fantastic - we achieved the Double," said the Ivory Coast striker, who curled in his 25-yard winner in the 59th minute.

"It was difficult to come back and stay focused after we celebrated the title.

"It was difficult again against a very good Portsmouth team.

"You start to feel that you won't score but if you manage to create chances in the first half it means in the second you will have some."

On his free-kick, he added: "I saw a little gap, not a big space, because the wall was in its position.

"I hit the post again but it went in this time."

Captain John Terry, who has now won eight major titles with the club, said Chelsea were the "best team" this season.

"It is incredible - what an amazing day today," said the 29-year-old England defender.

"It was one of those days but we came strong and full credit to Didier.

"The reason why we are top of the league and won the FA Cup is that we are the best team and we have great determination."

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