CHELSEA skipper John Terry says finally wining the Champions League has lifted a huge weight off his shoulders.
The England defender, suspended for Chelsea's historic final win in Munich, watched on from the sidelines as his team-mates came from behind thre times to win on penalties.
He said: “Eight, nine years I've been waiting for this.
"Being knocked out of competitions in the last minute, losing on penalties before in Moscow and losing against Liverpool, that's something that lived with me.
"But, all of a sudden, a big weight is off my shoulders and probably everyone within this football club."
Terry said he had no regrets at missing the final, due to a red card received in the semi-final in Barcelona.
He said: “I can live with that, I really can, because the club have won. It's not about me and I'm really not that type of person.
"You look at it and being 3-1 down against teams and them missing a penalty, (Lionel) Messi missing a penalty as well (in the semi), things are just meant to be. And I wasn't meant to play.
"But, me not playing, we've gone on to win it and, for me, that's all that matters because I care about this football club so much.
"And to see us win the trophy that I feel we deserve and to see the smile on the owner's face and those fans at the end, they deserve it."