- Title: Chelsea fans on top of the world after Champions League win
- Date: 30th May 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 29, 2021) (REUTERS) CHELSEA FANS WATCHING AS THE ONLY GOAL IS SCORED VARIOUS OF FANS CELEBRATING THE GOAL FANS WATCHING THE GAME FANS CELEBRATING AS FINAL WHISTLE IS BLOWN (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAX TRUMAN, CHELSEA FAN, SAYING: "On top of the world. It's the best feeling. You cant write it, honestly. Frank Lampard got sacked - that's his trophy. Tomas Tuchel, that's his trophy. You can't write it, it's the best feeling in the world...love it, amazing! (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA FAN, TOM, SAYING: "Yeha, it's the best midseason manager I've ever seen in my life. I think Tuchel has done fantastic. I'm very annoyed I'm not there tonight (at the match) with the fans, I'm annoyed that it's not full capacity, so I'd love to have been there, but we've done it again. Pep Guardiola, keep doing your chat mate." FANS CELEBRATING AFTER CHELSEA LIFT THE TROPHY
- Embargoed: 13th June 2021 00:01
- Keywords: Champions League final Chelsea Manchester City soccer
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001EF0LC1R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Jubilant fans in Croydon celebrated every moment as Chelsea marched to a second Champions League title Saturday (May 29) night.
Chelsea's win denied Pep Guardiola's Manchester City their first with Kai Havertz grabbing a first-half goal to secure a 1-0 win in Saturday's all-English final at the Estadio Do Dragao.
The German youngster, Chelsea's record signing, kept his composure as he latched on to Mason Mount's through pass and evaded goalkeeper Ederson before rolling the ball into an empty net in the 42nd minute to decide a tight encounter.
Premier League champions City were favourites ahead of the final but suffered a desperately disappointing night in their first Champions League showpiece match.
Despite winning three of the last four Premier League titles for City, Spaniard Guardiola failed to deliver the coveted European trophy he last won with Barcelona in 2011.
For Chelsea's German manager Thomas Tuchel the triumph comes after his Paris St Germain side suffered defeat in last season's final against Bayern Munich.
Guardiola's team selection was surprising with Raheem Sterling brought in on the left flank and neither of the two regular holding midfielders, Fernandinho or Rodri, picked, with Ilkay Gundogan left to protect the back line.
It quickly became apparent the move had left City's defence exposed with Chelsea creating early chances, three of which fell to Timo Werner who failed to capitalise - miskicking one, shooting softly at Ederson and then finding the side-netting.
Tuchel won the tactical battle against Guardiola and although City improved after the break they were never able to find their usual dominance and fluency.
City laboured as they searched for openings and their cause was not helped when playmaker Kevin De Bruyne went off with a head injury after a clash with Antonio Rudiger.
Chelsea survived seven minutes of stoppage time with Riyad Mahrez going agonisingly close for City before the celebrations from Chelsea's travelling fans could begin.
(Production: Stuart McDill & David Grip)
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