Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta was allowed to receive the cup with the big ears on Saturday evening after the English final won with 0-1 against Kevin De Bruyne’s Manchester City, who was injured on the hour.
For Chelsea, it was the second overall victory at the champions ball after 2012. “I am so satisfied, we are writing history here”, Azpilicueta said after the game. “I said it before the match: we have a fantastic group, everyone works for each other. We deserve this. ”
Scorer and star Kai Havertz was looking for the right words. “I really don’t know what to say,” said the German international. “I had to wait for this moment for fifteen years and now the time has finally come.”
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel only took over in London last winter, after having previously been dismissed from Paris Saint-Germain. With the victory at the champions ball, after losing the final against Bayern last year, he was right. “It is the most important race of the year in Europe and we won it. That is unbelievable ”, he stammered after the game. “I am proud of my players. We knew we had to leave the favorite role to City, but that was no problem for us because we know what we can do. We had already beaten them twice this season and we just made three of them today. It was a hotly contested victory, I have to admit that. We had too little possession at the start of the match. Only when the calm was in sight did things improve. ”