Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton feels Chelsea put on a ‘perfect’ performance in winning the Champions League inspired by a manager with burning ambitions.
The Blues lifted the trophy for the second time thanks to Kai Havertz’s first-half strike. The German, much-maligned for most of the season, scored the only goal of the game on 42 minutes. Mason Mount picked him out with a superb pass before the 21-year-old rounded City goalkeeper Ederson to score.
The Londoners were deserved winners after Thomas Tuchel got the better of City chief Pep Guardiola once again. And Sutton felt there was no doubting which team bossed proceedings.
“Wow, what a performance from Chelsea – perfect in Porto,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “Chelsea deserved it, had the better opportunities and it was Kai Havertz who scored the all important goal.
“Chelsea have been so well drilled under Thomas Tuchel and get the job done, this is massive for them.”
Tuchel suffered heartache as his Paris Saint-Germain side lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in last season’s final. He subsequently left the Parisians to join Chelsea in January.
The German tactician has worked wonders at Stamford Bridge, guiding them to a top-four finish. And Sutton feels that that he was even more motivated than usual to win Saturday’s encounter.
“Thomas Tuchel was clearly fired up, last season would have been a sore one for him,” he added. “It is more to do with the work he is doing with Chelsea on the training ground and how well drilled they are.”
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The Portugal triumph was the third time Tuchel’s side has beaten City in 2020-2021. They won 1-0 in the league, 2-1 in the FA Cup and have now downed the Citizens in the biggest of them all.
Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was impressed. And he felt the manager and one of his key players deserved special praise for the victory.
“Thomas Tuchel has come in and put on a tactical masterclass today,” he told BT Sport. “N’Golo Kante put on a masterclass in how to retrieve the ball, defend and break things up.”
“This will tie these players and members of staff together for life. This is what they will be talking about in WhatsApp groups together for years and years to come.”
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