Victorious Chelsea stars return to their Cobham training base with the Champions League trophy after partying into the wee hours after victory over Manchester City
- The Blues won their second Champions League title in Porto on Saturday evening
- Thomas Tuchel’s team moved past Manchester City 1-0 in the Estadio do Dragao
- Skipper Azpilicueta and attacker Olivier Giroud ate breakfast with the trophy
- And the players have now returned to Cobham and are bearing the fruits of their efforts
Chelsea’s victorious players have returned to Cobham with the Champions League trophy after winning their second European title on Saturday.
The Blues beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto on Saturday night thanks to Kai Havertz’s calm goal in the first half.
Celebrations continued well into the night, with manager Thomas Tuchel partying into the wee hours with players and champagne flowing to celebrate the club’s re-conquest of Europe.
Chelsea have returned to their Cobham training ground with the Champions League trophy
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta (above) got off the team bus with the cup in Cobham, Surrey
The Spanish defender paraded around the training facilities with the silverware and his medal
And captain Cesar Azpilicueta kept a close eye on the famous trophy as they returned to the club’s training facilities in Cobham, Surrey.
The Spanish defender proudly stepped out of the team bus with the heavy silver cup in hand and paraded across the grounds with it on his head, still holding his medal from the final, before the entire squad gathered around the trophy for a photo.
Blues skipper Azpilicueta and striker Olivier Giroud previously kept a close eye after lifting in Portugal last weekend.
Olivier Giroud and Cesar Azpilicueta make the most of Chelsea’s new silverware
Azpilicueta (pictured above) sat next to the iconic trophy for his morning coffee in Porto
He and French attacker Giroud kept it on hand as they had breakfast on a Sunday morning, while Azpilicueta sat next to it for his morning coffee and kept it in the next-door seat for the flight back to London.
The duo had to say goodbye to the trophy when the cup was passed by an airport scanner on their way home.
The trophy, which was referred to as ‘special baggage’, was given for the first time before being returned to its rightful owners.
The Champions League trophy was also kept ‘safe’ on the plane while on its way to England
The trophy received a rigorous scrutiny by the airport scanner when the team returned to London
Azpilicueta said after the race: ‘That’s over, we are very happy, we are going to celebrate, we are champions of Europe again after nine years, the second time in our history.
‘I am glad I was able to get my hands on the trophy I missed earlier. But that’s gone, we’re part of Chelsea history and then we’re going for the next challenge. ‘I was proud to lead the team, but I wanted to be more proud.
“ Of course to take the trophy, to lead the team, this club, it is great to have this opportunity after nine years and I want to thank all of my teammates for the staff, for making this moment possible is incredible . It was very emotional and of course I am very happy. ‘