‘We will be seen differently, we must stand up now’: Thomas Tuchel calls on his Chelsea side to channel and challenge their inner Tom Brady for more titles – including the Premier League – after conquering Europe
- Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League in his first half of the season with Chelsea
- The Blues beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Porto final on Saturday to cause delirium
- Tuchel now wants the West Londoners to challenge for more trophies next season
- The German is keeping an eye on the Premier League, which starts again in August
Chelsea would have learned in the run-up to Saturday night’s big game that Manchester City was planning a party.
Not that Chelsea would have needed extra motivation, but for those who had heard of City’s soiree, it certainly helped fuel the fire.
As we now know, celebrating was the last thing on City’s mind on Saturday night after Kai Havertz’s goal decided this all-English final.
Chelsea players sensationally celebrated their Champions League final victory
The Blues caught air that Manchester City had planned their own winning post-match party
Pep Guardiola’s men are said to have left the Estadio Do Dragao by the time the Chelsea players and staff got back to their locker rooms after milking every ounce of admiration on the pitch.
Probably just as well.
It was loud, it was raw. Thomas Tuchel started the party by dipping his team in champagne.
Most players preferred the bottles of Super Bock beer that made their way into the locker room.
Thomas Tuchel started the celebrations with champagne while his players drank beer
Not that anyone needed alcohol. They were already drunk with unadulterated joy. Thiago Silva, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell bounced around with Chelsea scarves wrapped around their heads.
Antonio Rudiger, who had already put on quite a show on the field, showcased his musical talent by rapping between sporadic collective renditions of ‘Campeones’. The party was in full swing at the time – Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour paid no attention to their peripheral roles in the game as they danced carefree.
Having wrestled the trophy away from his English colleague Chilwell, who was said to be ‘stocking’ the famous cup, it was fitting that academy graduate Mount had the pleasure of carrying the trophy to the team bus before transferring it to his fellow former Blues junior. Ree James.
Players handed the trophy around in the shaggy locker room as the party went on
The party continued until the early hours at a secret location in Porto.
Under normal circumstances, the festivities would last well into this week, but it is clear the club is not planning a trophy parade due to Covid’s restrictions.
A large number of their players are also heading straight to Euro 2020 training camps. Indeed, Tuchel insisted that this is not the time for his players to rest on their laurels.
“The challenge now is not to make this success too heavy for us, because they have this huge success very early in their careers,” he said.
Thomas Tuchel and Cesar Azpilicueta have called on Chelsea to win more trophies
It’s like a similar deal with Tom Brady when they ask him what his favorite win is and he says “next.” So here’s the point, we have a Premier League to play from day one.
“We will be seen a little differently as Champions League winners and we need to take this one step higher.”
His captain Cesar Azpilicueta agreed, saying: “We will celebrate, after nine years we are champions of Europe again, the second time in our history. But it is gone, we are going for the next challenge. ‘