Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller claims the best team did not win the Champions League final on Saturday.
Chelsea beat the German side 4-3 on penalties at the Allianz Arena to lift their first-ever European trophy.
Mueller put the Bavarians ahead with only seven minutes of regulation time remaining, but they were ultimately sent packing as Didier Drogba netted an equaliser five minutes later, before stepping up to score the winning spot-kick in the shootout.
“That is football, we have seen it in the past. It is not always the better team that have the cup in the end,” the Germany international told Sky Sports after the match.
“When you score in front of your own fans so close to the end and then you watch Chelsea holding the cup, you can see that a lot has happened.
“It is hard to find words for that, but football is not everything.”
General manager Christian Nerlinger said the loss was a bitter pill to swallow, particularly after Arjen Robben spurned a spot-kick in the first half of extra time as the game ended 1-1.
The former Bayern midfielder maintained that his side were superior throughout the final against Chelsea, and deserved to come away from the Allianz Arena with their fifth Champions League trophy.
“Everyone could see that we deserved the win considering the way the match went,” Nerlinger said.
“Consequently, the mood in the dressing room is very downbeat.”
The 39-year-old general manager won five trophies for Bayern as a player during an eight-year spell from 1990-1998.
In addition to coming second in the Champions League, Bayern also finished as runners-up in the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal to Borussia Dortmund.