Chelsea – The 2021 Champions of Europe

On May 29th Chelsea won one of the most prestigious trophies in the world – the Champions League. It’s their second title over the past 9 years. The first one they won in 2012, when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, home ground of Bayern. Then Didier Drogba scored the winning penalty after a 1-1 draw during normal time. And now The Blues have prevailed again, winning against Manchester City 1-0. Kai Havertz was the hero of that night, scoring the only goal in the 42nd minute.

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Chelsea has come a long way. It all started under Frank Lampard, who helped them to secure the 4th place and qualify for the Champion League after beating Wolverhampton 2-0 on the last leg of the 2019/20 season. This season Chelsea got such opponents as Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes, playing in group E. As expected, Frank Lampard’s side won the group easily with 14 points (4 wins, 2 draws).

Coming to the playoffs, the situation in the club changed. Frank Lampard got sacked after horrible performances in the Premier League: the blues were in 10th place. Thomas Tuchel, ex-PSG manager, came to the rescue. And right away fans started to see the improvements in Chelsea’s game, which came from a more experienced manager as opposed to less-seasoned leadership Frank Lampard. As a result, Chelsea finished 4th in the Premier League this season.

In the playoffs’ 8th round Chelsea had Atletico Madrid, which was the first Champions League game under Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel’s side won both games, 1-0 away and 2-0 at home (3-0 on aggregate). In the quarterfinals Chelsea passed through Porto, both games were played in Sevilla. While the first match ended 2-0 to Chelsea, the second game brought them a defeat 0-1. Despite that, the  Blues managed to get to the semis because of a 2-1 aggregate score. In the semifinals Chelsea dominantly beat Real Madrid: 1-1 away, 2-0 at home (3-1 on aggregate).

Nobody expected Chelsea to win against Manchester City, but Thomas Tuchel proved everyone wrong. His side played 3 times against Pep Guardiola’s and got an upper hand in all of them. Winning this competition meant a lot for such a young team. Hopefully, it’s only the beginning and there is more to come for Chelsea FC.

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