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FA Cup final - Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd
Wembley, Saturday 19 May 2007




Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho parades the FA Cup
Mourinho has got a good grip on the FA Cup
Manager Jose Mourinho is determined to cling on to his FA Cup winner's medal after Chelsea's win over Manchester United at the new Wembley stadium.

Mourinho tossed his Premiership winner's medal into the Stamford Bridge crowd at the end of last season.

But he said: "I won't be throwing this one away, it means a lot, it's the FA Cup and it's the first one for me.

"It means we have won every title in English football in the three years I have been at the club."

Mourinho paid tribute to his players after Didier Drogba's late goal sealed victory.

He added: "The players deserve it so much because of the difficult season they have had.

"This a moment for everyone to enjoy and we deserve to go into the holiday period with this cup

"I think we played very well and the players understood the plan we had for this game."

"The ball was behind the line, but it would have been a foul anyway."

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Goalscorer Drogba claimed his side's FA Cup win was scant consolation for their Premiership and Champions League disappointments this season.

Drogba said: "This doesn't make up for the League and Champions League - and we want our title back.

"But I love finals, you only reach them to win, and this was a very difficult game against a fantastic team.

"I was looking for this first goal against Manchester United for two years and it happened today. Now we just want to celebrate."

Chelsea skipper John Terry said the Wembley victory will be the springboard for the Blues to reclaim their Premiership title next season.

"We have signed off the season on a high note and that makes me very proud," he said. "We kept going right until the end and this is what this team is all about.

"We're disappointed about the League and the Champions League but we will come back even stronger next year."

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Chelsea keeper Petr Cech praised his team-mates' spirit.

"We deserve credit because we have had so many problems this season," he stated.

"It's always difficult when you chase all competitions and get knocked out, I can't even say how many emotions I have, it has been an incredible season for me.

"It was a very tactical game and I think there was fatigue but we had great motivation."

Cech added: "I've heard a lot about the FA Cup and this feeling is amazing. We have been chasing all four trophies. We lost a semi-final (Champions League) on penalties and we lost the Premiership at the last moment so this Cup is a real achievement."

And the goalkeeper rejected any suggestion that United should have had a goal when Ryan Giggs seemed to force him over his goal-line with the ball in his hands.

"The ball was behind the line," Cech admitted "but it would have been a foul anyway."

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However, Cech's team-mate Frank Lampard added: "As the ball came in I thought it was in. For me, it was a goal."

England midfielder Lampard also revealed he wants to stay at Chelsea "forever" in the wake of the FA Cup win.

Speculation has surrounded Lampard's future at the club, with reports suggesting contract talks had stalled.

But he pointed to the Chelsea fans at Wembley and said: "These are my people and I want to stay.

"This is my club and I hope I can sort it out soon because I want to stay forever."

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