Ramires has revealed the thinking behind John Terry changing into a full kit to lift the Champions League trophy in 2012, despite missing the final through suspension.
Ramires scored during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the semi-final second leg, a result which sealed a shock 3-2 aggregate win over the Catalan giants.
Why did Terry change into full kit? Five things to know…
- Terry was suspended for the 2012 Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern.
- Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles were also suspended.
- But Chelsea managed to draw 1-1 in normal time before winning 4-3 on penalties.
- After the match, Terry changed into a full kit to lift the trophy.
- It’s a moment which has been mocked by rival fans, but Ramires said it wasn’t Terry’s choice.
However, Terry was given a straight red card for a foul on Alexis Sanchez in the first half, meaning he would be suspended for the final showdown against Bayern Munich in May.
Despite being pinned back by the Bavarians throughout, the Blues managed to seal their first-ever Champions League title with a 4-3 win on penalties and after the match, Terry appeared in full kit to lift the trophy, despite playing no part in the final itself.
It is a moment which has drawn plenty of derision over the years but Ramires – who now plays for Palmeiras in his native Brazil – has revealed the decision was out of Terry’s hands.
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“All of us changed post-match,” the midfielder told FourFourTwo.
“The idea came from the club, because they wanted everyone ready for the team photo.”
“I was really nervous! I kicked things”
Chelsea’s win over Bayern was made that much more remarkable by the fact that Ramires himself sat alongside Terry, as well as Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles, in the stands due to suspension.
Such were Roberto Di Matteo’s selection issues that now Southampton right-back Ryan Bertrand was fielded as a left winger.
And Ramires has admitted he was “really nervous” watching on the from the stands, so much so that he “kicked things” in frustration.
“I was really nervous! I kicked things,” he added. “I screamed, I cursed. When Bayern scored, it was past the 80th minute and some fans started to take the p*ss.
“But when Drogba scored, let’s say we had revenge. It was a happiness explosion! Terry stood up on the seat to celebrate.
“When it came to Drogba for the last penalty I was very confident – he was our best taker. We were over the moon at full-time.”