Heroes' reception for Blues
European champions Chelsea were greeted by tens of thousands of supporters as they paraded the Champions League in the capital.
Last Updated: 20/05/12 8:34pm
European champions Chelsea were greeted by tens of thousands of supporters as they paraded the Champions League and FA Cup trophies on the streets of West London.
John Terry led the chanting from top of the blue open-top bus and Didier Drogba blew kisses to the fans below, all of whom will pray the out-of-contract striker was not bidding them farewell.
It was Drogba's header which took Saturday night's UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich into extra time, his ninth goal in nine finals for Chelsea.
And it was Drogba's cool penalty in the shoot-out which clinched Chelsea their historic triumph.
"We've been working hard for this," the Ivory Coast striker told Sky Sports News.
"I've been working eight years but some of the other boys have been working longer than this, and some are a bit more lucky - they arrived in their first year and they win it.
"It's fantastic, fantastic. Football is amazing. It's fantastic to come back home and have this kind of reception."
Fittingly for the new kings of Europe, the victory parade which began at Stamford Bridge ended on the New Kings Road.
The supporters, waving souvenir flags and some wearing Roberto di Matteo masks, echoed the thoughts of former player Gianfranco Zola in urging Drogba to stay on at Stamford Bridge.
"We love you and we want you to stay forever," read one sign.
Terry was suspended for the final following his red card against Barcelona but he controversially lifted the trophy in Munich and was at the heart of celebrations on Sunday.
When a microphone was passed to the players, Terry led the crowd in a rendition of: "Championes, championes, ole, ole, ole".
The England defender told Sky Sports News: "It's been such a long time coming for us. We've been so close so many times, we were just destined to win it - and last night we did it.
"It meant so much to everyone in this club, especially the boys that have been here a long time. You could see it in everyone's eyes, from the end of the game last night until now."
Asked about the future of caretaker manager Di Matteo, who is far from guaranteed the job on a permanent basis, Terry added: "It's a club decision, but his CV looks incredible. He deserves it as much as anyone does because he took over at a difficult time for us and he's guided us and made us get to where we've got.
"It's up to the club to speak to him about but he's been brilliant."
Di Matteo added: "We've waited a long time for this, so celebrate tonight.
"It's a fantastic day for Chelsea Football Club. Champions of Europe, here we come.
"This cup is yours. Thank you for your support every year."
There have been calls for the caretaker boss to take the reins full-time, but neither Di Matteo nor his players gave anything away during the parade.
"I just want to say, we've been a long time waiting to win this thing," concluded Frank Lampard.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you. The best club in the world - easy."