AFTER seven years battling for a Chelsea place, Ryan Bertrand has sung the praises of the man who trusted him in the biggest game in the club's history.
Bertrand, never tried in a European fixture, played 74 minutes from the start of Chelsea's Miracle in Munich final – keeping Thomas Muller under lock and key in the unfamiliar position of left midfield.
The 22-year old Londoner now has a Champions League winners medal, when just a short while ago some were expecting him to be farmed out on another loan to a struggling Premier League side.
Bertrand said: “Roberto Di Matteo has been massive for me. Words can’t describe it. He has shown real trust in me and that breeds confidence in the player.
"When you know the manager trusts you, you can go out and express yourself.
“He is a cool customer. We had a little video session before the game (v Bayern). There were messages from all the families. He pulled me to one side and asked me who they all were.
“At the end of it, he said ‘you’re starting tonight’. I think he trusts me enough now. He has thrown me into some games. Hopefully I have managed to win him over and I can keep it going.
“The video messages were a surprise. We just got called into a meeting and there they were. Every single player.
“First, it was my mum and brother saying ‘well done and good luck to the whole team’ and then it went to all the rabble, all the family, which was a little bit embarrassing.
“There could have been some tears but there was a bit of laughter and banter and that really spurred us on. That was a brilliant touch.”
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