Chelseas dressing room was silent as John Terry apologised after Moscow 2008

Chelsea's players were so utterly shell-shocked after losing to Manchester United in the 2008 Champions League final that none of them could even muster a response to John Terry's tearful apology.

The defender famously missed the penalty which would have sealed the title for the Blues in the shootout after slipping over in the rain and hitting the post.

United went on to win just minutes later as Edwin van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's effort to hand the title to Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Watching on from the bench was Carlo Cudicini – Chelsea's sub goalkeeper on the night – who revealed that there was complete silence in the dressing room after the game.

"I think I can remember JT [John Terry] saying sorry for missing his penalty. It's one of those moments where no one has the strength to say anything," Cudicini said speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Aston Villa v Chelsea.

"It's about picking the right moment when to speak, and tell people that the opportunity will come round again, and that we need to make sure that next time there's a different outcome. But that moment never came in that dressing room on that night."

The Italian said Terry was the first person he went over the console after he saw the former England international burst into tears.

"He was our captain, and had he have scored, he'd have lifted the cup for us. I had a good relationship with JT so I made sure he was the first person I tried to comfort.

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"Petr Cech managed to save one penalty on that night, which is all you can ask from a goalkeeper in that moment. Apart from the fact that we lost the game, there's not really a lot you can say to Petr after what had happened, because he'd done nothing wrong.

"JT was the one who needed the support from us."

Fortunately for Terry, he and several of his teammates that night managed to avenge their Champions League heartbreak by winning the competition four years later – beating Bayern Munich on penalties in 2012.

But Cudicini, who was also on the bench during AC Milan's Champions League final defeat to Marseille in 1992, wasn't so lucky.

"You hear some people say it takes them a few days, or even weeks to get over a result like that. But for me, those defeats stay with you forever – especially if you never get the chance to make up for them again.

"JT, Frank [Lampard] and Petr won it in 2012, so I believe that, while 2008 still hurts them to think about, their pain is softened a little by that victory four years later.

"But for the guys who don't get another chance to win it, like myself, the pain never leaves you. I lost another Champions League final earlier on in my career in 1992 with AC Milan. We lost against Marseille … so I've experienced it twice.

"Those games will stay with me forever; they're moments that will never leave me."

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