By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Hardly ever considered favourites for the tournament, Chelsea overcame the odds numerous times to lift the Champions League trophy. Maradona reflected on the volatility of football as he marvelled at their success.
"The unpredictability of football makes it the world's greatest sport, who could possibly have imagined that an interim coach, Roberto Di Matteo, who inherited an overage divided group of Chelsea players only a few months ago, would be lifting the Champions League trophy, defeating the heavily-favoured Bayern Munich squad playing at home?" he said to Times of India.
"Who would have thought that 34-year-old Didier Drogba, benched by coach Andre Villas-Boas, would be the hero of the Champions League final, scoring the tying goal and then the final penalty kick to make all the dreams of rich owner Roman Abramovich come true?"
The former playmaker was full of praise for Di Matteo, as Maradona believes the Italian was not appointed an easy task when he took over the squad.
"Tactics, humility and intelligence played a major role. Inheriting a divided and defeated team, Di Matteo first had to restore harmony in his dressing room," he stated.
"Above all, he instilled in his team a warrior spirit and character, getting the most out of his players by making the forwards defend and the midfielders attack."
Unlike so many former players, the Argentinian considers Chelsea to be full deserving of their European triumph.
"Chelsea were not the most talented team in the Champions League but they were certainly the team that wanted to win the most. Hats off to this group of veteran warriors," Maradona concluded.