Chelsea rounded off a mixed but largely successful season in the best possible way, beating Manchester City 1-0 to win the UEFA Champions League for only the second time in their history.
Thomas Tuchel faced off against Pep Guardiola for the third time since becoming Chelsea manager, after emerging victorious in the previous two encounters. He made it three wins on the bounce against the Spaniard, and lifted the trophy he lost last season as PSG boss. The lone goal came late in the first half, as Kai Havertz latched onto a delightful through pass from Mason Mount, rounded Ederson and slotted into the back of an empty net, condemning City to a defeat in their first ever UCL final.
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It was a historic night for the London giants, as several records were equalled and created by the Blues. Let’s take a look at some if the major records equalled and created by both the players and the club.
• With his goal in the 42nd minute, German talent Kai Havertz became the youngest player to score in his debut UCL final after Ilkay Gundogan with Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
• Mason Mount assisted Havertz, and in doing so became the first Englishman to provide an assist in the Champions League final in 13 years.
• Christian Pulisic became the first American to appear in the Champions League final after he was subbed on for Timo Werner in the second half
• Edouard Mendy kept another clean sheet, his ninth shut out in the Champions League this season. No goalkeeper has ever kept more in a single UCL campaign, . Also, his nine clean sheets is the most for a goalkeeper in his debut campaign in UCL history.
What’s more? He becomes the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League. What a story it has been for the Senegalese shotstopper.
• Callum Hudson-Odoi has now won both the Champions League and the Europa League, and is the youngest player in history to win both titles.
• Olivier Giroud and N’golo Kante joined an exclusive list of players whom have won the World Cup, Champions League and Europa League. The other players on the list are Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Pedro, all of whom played for Chelsea.
It’s a Chelsea thing, eh?
• Chelsea have now won 17 titles since the turn of the century, more than any other English club.
Wow. Indeed it was an historic night for the boys in Royal blue.
Congrats to Chelsea Football Club.