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Chelsea hero Drogba fires back at Benitez

The Ivorian took the opportunity to congratulate his side before hitting back once more at Reds boss Rafael Benitez, who had accused him of being a diver.

He told Sky Sports, "It's something amazing, I think. Today we played very well. I'm really pleased for the club because we've been looking for this final for too long.

"Five years - people were there before me and they battled and did everything to reach the final. But what we achieved today is fantastic for the club, for the fans, and all the people who played for Chelsea."

The striker couldn't resist a dig at Benitez over the diving accusations.

"It's difficult because, as I say, Benitez is a fantastic coach, and one of the best in the world, so I was a little bit disappointed," he said.

"I think that he felt that his team was not as strong enough as in other years, and he thought they were going to be beaten," he claimed.

"I'm just happy for my team and don't want to look after what people were saying.

"My goal celebration? (a swan dive towards the Liverpool bench). It's very personal what he did, and this is not good. Football is not about critics: you can speak to your players, but not to the papers like this.

"It's not good for my image. I'm doing everything to promote English football and I'm giving my best to put my team at the top, and this is not good or fair. But it's finished now."

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