He said: "I never lost belief. I did get frustrated at times, even disappointed at times, but you have to take it on the chin and deal with it - especially me as captain. The one thing we always did was get everyone in the dressing room together, thrash it all out and then get on with it. We tackled it, sorted it and pushed on. The players have pushed on that well that we're taking the Premier League title to the wire and we're off to Moscow.
"Whatever happens, we have achieved something which we have never done before in Chelsea's history - we have reached the Champions League final.
"That is the one trophy missing from the Chelsea collection.
"Winning two Premier league titles, the FA Cup and the Carling Cup ahead of teams like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool show we are a great team. We have dominated the domestic scene in the last few years and now we have a great chance to be crowned the No1 side in Europe. And being against United it has all the makings of a great final. The two best teams in this country coming head to head for the biggest prize in European football.
"Hopefully we will come out on top. But we know that won't be easy because this doesn't just mean everything to the Chelsea players - it means everything to the United players too.
"No-one's going there to lose that's for sure. But you also know there has to be a loser - we're just hoping it will be Manchester United.
"And I don't care how we win, what the match is like, what score is, that doesn't bother me at all. Just as long as we win.
"To lift that trophy is all I'm dreaming about."