Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has revealed that losing the 2012 Champions League final to Chelsea was so hard to accept that he was left feeling unable to eat for two days after the famous game held on home turf at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern were hot favourites ahead of the game, but a late equaliser from Didier Drogba cancelled out Thomas Muller's opener and sent the clash into extra-time before Chelsea ultimately prevailed from the spot in a penalty shootout.
"I couldn't eat for two days straight after that, it hurt so much," Boateng told ESPN, looking back.
Speaking about the goal from Drogba, for which he was at fault after losing the Ivorian in the penalty area melee, the defender added, "It was a training ground move. Somebody - I think it was [Branislav] Ivanovic -blocked me off the ball, so I had no chance of getting to Drogba in time.
"There's not a lot you can do about it if it's done that well. In any case, we had enough chances to win the game before and after that. It wasn't only my fault."
The 2011/12 campaign was Boateng's first at Bayern after an unsuccessful spell at Manchester City - he never managed to settle during his time in England after injury disrupted the start of his season and media scrutiny and pressure hyped up thereafter.
But a year after the heartbreak of Chelsea, Boateng did lay his hands on the Champions League trophy as Bayern defeated Borussia Dortmund in a German Klassiker at Wembley, completing the first 'treble' by a German team in the process.
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