Chelsea made history in Porto on Sunday night, clinching their second UEFA Champions League title.
After winning their first UCL in 2012, Thomas Tuchel inspired the Blues to win in 2021 as well. The Blues were just a tad better to outfox Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the final with 1-0, thanks to German midfielder Kai Havertz’s strike.
The 21-year-old football prodigy has been under severe scrutiny since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, but he shut his critics by scoring the only goal of the match which was enough to take the English side home.
Speaking to BT Sports right after the game, Havertz said: “I don’t give a f*ck, we won the Champions League! I don’t know what to say, really don’t know what to say. I waited a long time. Now I want to thank my family, my parents, my grandmother and my girlfriend. I’ve waited 15 years for this moment and now it’s here.”
We won the f***ing CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/ga2eWPUivw
— Kai Havertz (@kaihavertz29) May 29, 2021
He added: “I came here in 2012 after that Champions League win. I wanted to repeat that Champions League success. It is amazing. My family is here. It is a special, special day.”
Thomas Tuchel did not mince his words as well. The German genius was as elated as he could be after his side thumped City. He told BT Sports: “To share it with everybody is incredible. What a fight, we made it 1-0 but I don’t know what to feel actually.”
“I was so grateful to arrive anyway, to arrive the second time, but it felt different. We somehow could feel it and I’m happy. Today, they were deserving to win this. We wanted to be the stone in the shoe, the stone in the clockwork of Man City. We encouraged everyone to step out, go for duels one-on-one.”
Thomas Tuchel 🤣
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 29, 2021
Tuchel feels that the second half was very crucial considering the fast pace of the game. He also admitted that the game could have been less nail-biting for the Blues had Christian Pulisic doubled their lead.
“We were great and had some dangerous counter-attacks, had some opportunities. The second half was a real fight. That was a massive moment [with Pulisic] that could have been 2-0 then we had to defend. It was very intense, very fast, the circumstances,” the Chelsea boss remarked.
Thiago Silva, who left the pitch gutted after suffering an injury, was elated after the Blues made history. He told RMC Sports that winning the UCL with Chelsea is the most important moment of his career. He also paid tribute to former coach and club legend Frank Lampard.
The veteran Brazil star has now won 29 major trophies for club and country. Silva is expected to sign his new contract with Chelsea that ascertain his stay till June 2022.
He and Tuchel were on the losing side last year in the UCL final with Paris Saint Germain.