Thomas Tuchel has revealed BIG challenge for Chelsea after winning Champions League trophy.
Ahead of Saturday night’s big one, Chelsea are said to have caught wind that Manchester City were planning a celebration party.
Not that Chelsea would have needed any extra motivation, but for those who had heard about City’s soiree it certainly helped add fuel to the fire.
As we now know, celebrating was the last thing on City’s mind on Saturday night after Kai Havertz’s goal decided this all-English final.
Pep Guardiola’s men would have left the Estadio Do Dragao by the time Chelsea’s players and staff had arrived back to their dressing room after milking every ounce of adulation on the pitch.
Probably just as well.
It was loud, it was raucous. Thomas Tuchel got the party started by dousing his team in champagne.
Most players preferred the bottles of Super Bock beer that found their way into the dressing room.
Not that anyone needed alcohol. They were already intoxicated with unadulterated joy. Thiago Silva, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were bouncing around with Chelsea scarves wrapped around their heads.
Antonio Rudiger, who had already put on quite a show on the pitch, was displaying his musical talent by rapping in between sporadic collective renditions of ‘Campeones’.
The party was in full flow by this point — Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour giving no thought to their peripheral roles in the game as they danced away without a care in the world.
After wrestling the trophy away from his England colleague Chilwell, who was said to be ‘hogging’ the famous cup, it was fitting that academy graduate Mount had the pleasure of carrying the trophy on to the team bus before handing it to fellow former Blues junior Reece James.
The party continued long into the early hours of the morning at a secret location in Porto.
In normal circumstances the festivities would last long into this week but it is understood the club are not planning a trophy parade due to Covid restrictions.
A host of their players also head straight into training camps for Euro 2020. Indeed, Tuchel insisted this is no time for his players to be resting on their laurels.
‘It’s the challenge now not to make this success too heavy for us because they have this huge success very early in their career,’ he said.
‘It’s like a similar deal with Tom Brady when they ask him what is his favourite win and he says “the next one”. So this is now the thing, we have a Premier League to play from day one.
‘We will be seen a bit differently as Champions League winners and this is where we have to step up.’
His captain Cesar Azpilicueta concurred, saying: ‘We will celebrate, we are champions of Europe again after nine years, second time in our history. But it’s gone, we will go for the next challenge.’