Champions League 2021: Players, Coaches React to Chelsea vs. Manchester City

Blake SchusterContributor IMay 29, 2021

Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (C) celebrates with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match at the Dragao stadium in Porto on May 29, 2021. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

For the second time in club history, Chelsea are UEFA Champions League champions thanks to Saturday's 1-0 victory over rival Manchester City.

Barely five months since taking over The Blues, head coach Thomas Tuchel finds himself hoisting the European Champion Clubs' Cup—an incredible feat after PSG fired him on Christmas Eve.  

Now, the successor to Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge has reached the pinnacle of the sport in Europe with the help of an historic performance from N'Golo Kanté while Kai Havertz scored the lone goal.

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Kai Havertz’s first Champions League goal of his career is the opener in the #UCLFinal <br><br>(🎥: @ChampionsLeague)pic.twitter.com/FPBnfph5Fp

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- Premier League 🏆<br>- FA Cup 🏆<br>- World Cup 🏆<br>- Europa League 🏆<br>- Champions League 🏆<br><br>N’Golo Kante 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/KljKVfYSC6

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N'Golo Kanté's #UCLFinal game by numbers for Chelsea:<br><br>85% passing accuracy<br>53 touches<br>11 duels won (most)<br>10 ball recoveries (most)<br>4 aerials won (!)<br>3 tackles <br>2 touches in the opp. box<br>2 clearances<br>2 interceptions<br>2 fouls won<br><br>One of the great UCL Final performances. 👏 pic.twitter.com/dukI1LEL5d


"I could have never imagined as a young coach that I could touch this cup!" 🏆<br><br>An emotional night for Thomas Tuchel who had his family in Porto as he won the Champions League, and the importance of some lucky shoes! 👟#beINUCL #UCLFinal <br><br>Watch Now - https://t.co/RRmQgctETJ pic.twitter.com/GRGkep1rlQ

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3 - Thomas Tuchel is just the second manager to record three consecutive wins in all competitions against Pep Guardiola (excl. Barcelona B), after fellow German Jürgen Klopp did so in 2018 with Liverpool. Masterminds. #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/s8T4xVuGnv

"It was a tight game and for our first final it was a good, good final," MCFC head coach Pep Guardiola told reporters. "We showed courage. First half was bad, second half was much better. But it is a bad day. We struggled with the long balls, the second balls. It was an exceptional season for us. We tried but we did not do it."

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1 - Pep Guardiola has lost his first cup final as Manchester City manager, with this loss only the second major cup final defeat of his managerial career (after the Copa del Rey in 2010-11). Unfamiliar. #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/QFmbyoCtRi

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Mood. pic.twitter.com/B6mV8bDHsA

The match was especially noteworthy for Chelsea reserve Christian Pulisic, who became the first American to appear in a Champions League Final. The midfielder nearly scored Chelsea's second goal of the day shortly after taking the pitch.

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“I couldn’t imagine winning the Champions League ever in my life, and now I’m here. It’s just crazy.”@cpulisic_10 reacts to becoming the first male American to play in and win the Champions League. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/rdwzjklarM

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The moment Christian Pulisic became the first male American to play in and win a European Cup 🏆 pic.twitter.com/XD7ahuTkiP

"I never thought I’d get so far,"  Chelsea's Antonio Rüdiger told the Sky Sports broadcast. "We were willing to suffer for this win. I was on the ground, but I showed you should never underestimate people who lie on the ground, and thanks to Thomas Tuchel and the staff I pulled through."

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Mason Mount: "At this moment in time we are the best team in the world. You can’t take that away from us." #CFC #UCLfinal

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The party is only just getting started for Chelsea on Saturday night with plenty of celebrations to continue once the club returns home from Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal.