John Terry has offered his apologies to those associated with Chelsea for his Champions League penalty miss.
Blues skipper reveals distress of Champions League defeat
Chelsea captain John Terry has offered his apologies to those associated with the club for his UEFA Champions League final penalty miss against Manchester United.
Terry was left heartbroken as United capitalised on his failure to convert from the penalty spot to lift the European Cup in Moscow on Wednesday.
And, speaking of the incident for the first time, Terry has revealed his anguish and agony at missing the opportunity to secure the Champions League trophy for his club - who also sacked manager Avram Grant on Saturday.
A bad dream
"To all the Chelsea fans, all my team-mates, the manager and staff at the club," Terry said in an open letter on the club's official website
"I am so sorry for missing the penalty and denying you the fans, my team-mates, family and friends the chance to become European champions.
"Many people have told me I don't need to say that but I feel I need to, that's just me. I have relived that moment every minute since it happened. I have only slept a few hours and wake up every time hoping it's all been a bad dream.
"I have had some amazing support from fans, current and ex-players, family and friends and I need to thank everyone for that. But I am a big man and I take responsibility for us not winning.
"I am and always will be Chelsea through and through. I will give my all on and off the pitch to win this trophy as a player and one day as a manager. And I am sure we will win it.
"That night in Moscow will haunt me forever and I feel I have let everybody down and this hurts me more than anything. I am not ashamed about crying.
"This is a trophy I have tried so hard year after year to win and it was just an uncontrollable reaction, I wear my heart on my sleeve, everybody knows that.
"The road to Rome (the venue for the 2008/09 Champions League final) starts here, we have to try and turn this experience to our advantage. I am very proud of how far we have come this season with everything that has gone on.
"Thank you for all your support for the team this season."