Chelsea striker Didier Drogba described today's FA Cup victory over Liverpool as "the first step" as they successfully completed the first half of their final double.
In two weeks' time the Blues will take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, but today the attention was on Wembley and Chelsea took control with goals from Ramires and Drogba.
The Ivorian became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals, and he maintained his record of having won every one, although Andy Carroll ensured a tense finish.
After the victory, Drogba told ITV: "Liverpool are a difficult team to play. Today we achieved a great result because, after losing the game against Newcastle, it was very difficult for us. I'm glad we won today. It's the first step."
Chelsea captain John Terry felt the victory was a perfect response to the Blues' critics.
"This is what we live for," he said. "It was a great performance. At times people have slated us, saying we're too old, past it, not together. But when the chips are down we come together and we've done that superbly."
It was also another big feather in the cap of interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, who has turned the club's season around since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March.
Regarding the Italian's hopes of landing the job on a permanent basis, Terry added: "We've done Robbie the world of good, we've put in a fantastic performance for him and it can't do him any harm."
But Di Matteo was quick to put the focus on his team's performance and echoed Terry's comments.
"I'm very happy for the players," Di Matteo added. "We've been heavily criticised this season and we've got a trophy and we've got the chance for another.
"This group of players have made the club proud. It's been hard work, but we came through it."
Di Matteo has a close relationship with the FA Cup having twice scored goals in finals for Chelsea, beating Middlesbrough in 1997 and Aston Villa in 2000.
He added: "It's quite a unique situation to be able to win as a player and then as a coach. I feel honoured to have had this chance.
"I think we played well today. We scored very good goals. They pressed us hard in the second half but we defended well."
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admitted his side had paid for their slow start as the Carling Cup winners were forced to settle for runners-up medals this time.
He said: "They were better than us for the first hour. We finished really strong and if we'd started the way we'd finished we'd maybe have been happier than we are now. We've just got to learn the lessons."
Regarding Carroll's header, he said: "I thought it was in but if it hasn't gone in then we'll give the officials the credit they deserve."