PAT NEVIN: Chelsea’s latest Champions League success has lifted them one level in status – Thomas Tuchel’s side could now be on the brink of something spectacular
- Three months ago Chelsea could not be counted among the European elite
- But this Champions League success has now increased the club’s status
- Match winner Kai Havertz can now go on and become the best player in the world wereld
- This Blues team could achieve spectacular things in the next ten years
What a transformation we have seen in this Chelsea team. Three months ago you wouldn’t have said they were one of the top clubs in Europe. Now you think they could be on the cusp of something spectacular.
If you are a big player you would watch this performance on Saturday and look at the level that players like Mason Mount and Reece James reach and think you would like to be a part of it. That’s what brought Thomas Tuchel to Chelsea.
There was a good line circulating full time in Porto saying Chelsea have now overtaken Nottingham Forest. They have won the European Cup twice.
Chelsea won their second Champions League trophy after beating Manchester City
Thomas Tuchel has transformed the Blues since he took over in January this year jaar
But in modern terms it is more than that. They just leveled up. It’s more than just winning the Champions League. It’s about status and how attractive it now makes Chelsea as a club to join.
Saturday I was invited to the afterparty and had a chat with Tuchel for the first time. What a nice guy! He is one of those who knows how to cross the line between manager and player, a bit like Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. It’s hard to do that, but he pulls it off. He was part of the players’ celebrations and that kind of inclusivity is rare for a coach.
I’ve watched most of their matches since he arrived. The first is that they don’t give away many opportunities.
Match winner Kai Havertz could now become the best player in the world
Antonio Rudiger was incredible. Reece James was like a god to City.
I wonder if they’re going to buy a striker now. Could be. Kai Havertz could play on one side and Timo Werner on the other. I like Havertz. He surprises me. He could become the best player in the world.
For the foreseeable future, they will be keeping an eye on the Premier League. Keeping Thiago Silva is important.
It won’t be easy for anyone to get hold of City, but no one at Chelsea is about to get worse. They could be together for the next five or ten years. It suddenly feels very exciting.
Pat Nevin played 242 games for Chelsea between 1983 and 1988. His book ‘The Accidental Footballer’ is now out.