Champions League 2021: players and coaches react to Chelsea v Manchester City

 

For the second time in the club's history, Chelsea become UEFA Champions League champions thanks to Saturday's 1-0 victory over Manchester City.

Not five months into his tenure with the Blues, head coach Thomas Tuchel finds himself lifting the European Champions Cup - an incredible feat after PSG sacked him on Christmas Eve.

Frank Lampard's successor at Stamford Bridge has now reached the pinnacle of the sport in Europe thanks to a historic result from N'Golo Kante, while Kai Havertz scored the only goal.

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Kaja Havertz's first Champions League goal of his career is the first goal. in the #UCLFinal

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- Premier League 🏆
- FA Cup 🏆
- World Championships 🏆
- Europa League 🏆
- Champions League 🏆

N'Golo Kante 🇫 🇫 pic.twitter.com/KljKVfYSC6

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N'Golo Kante #UCLFinal match for Chelsea by numbers:

85% Transfer accuracy
53 touches
11 duels won (the most)
10 number of recovered balls (the most)
Won 4 antennas (!)
3 ball rebounds
2 touches in opp.
2 clearances
2 intercepts
2 fouls won

One of UCL's great final performances. 👏 pic.twitter.com/dukI1LEL5d

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"I never imagined, as a young coach, that I would be able to touch this bowl!" 🏆

An emotional night for Thomas Tuchel who had his family in Porto. he won the Champions League, and the importance of some lucky boots! 👟 # beINUCL #UCLFinal

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3 - Thomas Tuchel is only the second coach to have three consecutive wins in all competitions over Pep Guardiola (excluding Barcelona B), after his fellow German. Jurgen Klopp did it in 2018 with Liverpool. Inspirations. #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/s8T4xVuGnv

"It was a tight game and for our first final it was a good, good final," MCFC head coach Pep Guardiola told reporters. "We showed courage. The first half was bad, the second half was much better. But it's a bad day. We struggled with long balls, second balls. It was an exceptional season for us. We tried, but we couldn't do it."

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1 - Pep Guardiola lost his first cup final as Manchester City manager, with that defeat only the second major cup final defeat of his managerial career (after the Spanish Cup in 2010 - 11). Unfamiliar. #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/QFmbyoCtRi

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Mood. pic.twitter.com/B6mV8bDHsA

The match was particularly notable for Chelsea reserve Christian Pulisic, who became the first American to reach the Champions League final. The midfielder nearly scored his second goal of the day for Chelsea shortly after coming on.

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CHRISTIAN PULISIC WITH A POSSIBLE DOUBLE MANAGER CHELSEA 😱 pic.twitter.com/9RbDepUqXS

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"I couldn't imagine winning the Champions League ever in my life and now here I am. It's just crazy." @Cpulisic _ 11 reacts to becoming the first male American to play and win the Champions League. 🇺 pic.twitter.com/rdwzjklarM

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The moment Christian Pulisic became the first male American to play and win the European Champions Cup 🏆 pic.twitter.com/XD7ahuTkiP

"I never would have thought I would have come this far," Chelsea's Antonio Rüdiger told Sky Sports. "We were ready to suffer for this win. I was on the ground but I showed you can't underestimate the people on the ground and thanks to Thomas Tuchel and the staff I managed."

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Mason Mount: "We're the best team in the world at the moment. You can't take that away from us." #CFC #UCLfinal

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IN THE MOMENT CHELSEA STAYS EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP 🎉 pic.twitter.com/GPHFB1KDjq

The party is just beginning for Chelsea on Saturday night with plenty of celebrations that will continue after the club return home from the Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal.

 

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