INSIDE CHELSEA’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PARTY: Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud dance wildly in the dressing room
Chelsea partied all night after conquering Europe for the second time following their 1-0 Champions League final victory over Manchester City.
Thomas Tuchel’s men played heroically to thwart Pep Guardiola’s men in Porto and were delirious in Portuguese after winning the iconic trophy to ensure that their turbulent season ended with silverware.
Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the match – rounding out City goalkeeper Ederson for an easy walk home from an inch-perfect pass from Mason Mount, with the Premier League champions unable to get past the stubborn Londoners.
Chelsea celebrated wildly late into the night after winning the Champions League again
The Blues were delirious on the field and had won Europe’s biggest prize in Portugal
And the Blues wasted no time getting the festivities started – led by Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud, who downed a bottle of bubbly in the locker room.
The French forward looked cheerful as he was filmed enjoying himself by teammate Tammy Abraham, and center-back Zouma plotted some dance moves alongside backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
Abraham – despite not even making the roster for the game – channeled his inner John Terry as he donned his full Chelsea kit to mark the celebrations.
Zouma was quickly joined by Giroud and midfielder Jorginho when Andreas Christensen appeared with the giant European crown – music blaring in the background in a clip captured by Chelsea’s official Instagram account.
Kurt Zouma made a few dance moves in Chelsea’s dressing room with blaring music
Attacker Olivier Giroud joined in the vivid scenes while sipping bubbles from a bottle
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel then entered the locker room and sprayed the entire squad with his own champagne bottle
Tammy Abraham donned his full Chelsea kit to celebrate, despite not being named in the squad for the game
Jorginho posted a three minute video on his social media of his teammates dancing
And it didn’t take long for their boss Tuchel to get involved when he entered the locker room with a bottle of champagne – shaking vigorously before spraying booze on his entire team.
The German boss then huddled with his victorious players and bizarrely took off his shoes and hoisted them in the air as the squad chanted and cheered the former PSG coach.
Jorginho posted a three-minute video of Chelsea players shouting “Champeones” as they sang and bounced together. The Italy international then turns the camera to make his team-mates dance and says: ‘I think they are happy. Just a little bit.’
But it wasn’t just the cheery Chelsea players – Chelsea defender Thiago Silva’s wife also got involved in the festivities as she stormed her way onto the field to enjoy the occasion with her husband.
Isabele yelled, ‘We’re here and we’re champions!’ before swearing in Portuguese, to which her husband tells her ‘Don’t swear’.
She replies, ‘Ahhh! Make me swear! ‘before she is later seen screaming across the grass in the Estadio do Dragao.
Thiago Silva’s wife Isabele got involved in the celebrations as she swore on the pitch before running across the grass jubilantly
About 12,000 fans attended the all-English final in Porto and about half of that number stayed in the stadium despite a 10:30 p.m. curfew in the city as supporters tried to join in on the scenes.
It was a beautiful moment for the likes of Mason Mount – who celebrated his first career trophy and on the world’s biggest podium – as club captain Cesar Azpilicueta got his hands on Europe’s top prize after joining in 2012 – months after the team last won the trophy.
Also able to toast the occasion was Chelsea billionaire Roman Abramovich, who flew to Portugal to watch the game and hugged a group of players as they went upstairs to collect their medals.
Owner Roman Abramovich took the stage to embrace Chelsea stars
The Russian has not been able to watch many matches in the UK due to Visa issues, but has always gone out of his way to support the team in major finals – and was featured in their Europa League final triumph over Arsenal in 2019.
It turned out to be the first time Tuchel had even met his employer, claiming that this was “the best time for our first meeting.”
“I’ve talked to the owner in the field now,” Tuchel said, celebrating his triumph.
“It was the best moment for our first meeting, or the worst, because from now on it can only get worse!”
Abramovich appointed Tuchel in January, but the pair had not met in person until the final
Tuchel insisted he would ‘stay hungry’ for more success as he set his sights on earning more trophies next season.
“I can assure him I will remain hungry,” he added. “I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy. I feel part of a truly ambitious club and strong group that matches my beliefs and passion for football.
‘We have work to do to close the gap (at Manchester City in the Premier League) and that’s what I’m all about. It will be nice to meet him (Abramovich) a great poet.
‘We are in constant contact, but not personally. He knows what’s going on with me but not immediately, it’s nice to meet him now. ‘
Kai Havertz swore on live TV when asked if he felt he justified his £89m transfer fee
Understandably, the mood among the Chelsea squad was high – and goalscorer Havertz even swore on live TV after being asked about his price tag that he had joined for a £89million price tag.
Interviewer Des Kelly had asked the German if he thought he had now repaid a large part of his hefty transfer fee.
A smiling Havertz replied, “To be honest I don’t care, we won the f ****** Champions League.”
He was promptly embraced by the giggling Cesar Azpilicueta when Kelly had to apologize for the ‘fruity’ language broadcast live to millions watching at home.