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blue is the colour Thomas Tuchel and Kai Havertz give their verdict as Chelsea win the Champions League

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PORTO, PORTUGAL - MAY 29: Caesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea lifts the Champions League Trophy following their team's victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou - Pool/Getty Images)

PORTO, PORTUGAL - MAY 29: Caesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea lifts the Champions League Trophy following their team's victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou - Pool/Getty Images)

PORTO, PORTUGAL - MAY 29: Caesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea lifts the Champions League Trophy following their team's victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou - Pool/Getty Images)

Emotional Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claimed he had a feeling his side would win the Champions League final as he struggled to contain his emotions after a thrilling 1-0 win against Manchester City in Porto.

Mason Mount’s inch-perfect assist and Kai Havertz’s ice-cool finish sunk City's hopes of a maiden Champions League win, as Chelsea claimed their second title in the competition to etch boss Tuchel's name into the Stamford Bridge annals.

After wins against City in the FA Cup and the Premier League in recent weeks, Chelsea secured the third and most golden of victories on a night when Tuchel's tactical master class restricted City to just one shot on target over the course of the 90 minutes.

After losing last season's Champions League final, the emotion was even more intense for Tuchel as he got his hands on the biggest trophy in European football for the first time in his coaching career.

"We made it. Wow. I don't know what to feel," said Tuchel, who was joined on the pitch with his wife and two children to celebrate the moment.

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Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea celebrates with his wife Sissi Tuchel and family following victory during the UEFA Champions League Final between. (Photo by Susan Vera - Pool/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea celebrates with his wife Sissi Tuchel and family following victory during the UEFA Champions League Final between. (Photo by Susan Vera - Pool/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea celebrates with his wife Sissi Tuchel and family following victory during the UEFA Champions League Final between. (Photo by Susan Vera - Pool/Getty Images)

"I was so grateful to arrive a second time in the final. I felt different. I knew we could win this and we did it.

"The players were determined to win this. We wanted to be a stone in their shoe. We encouraged everybody to step up and step out, to be more brave and create dangerous counter-attacks. It was a tough physical game. We had to help each other out."

When Chelsea paid Bayer Leverkusen £70million for Havertz last summer eyebrows were raised in some quarters, but Chelsea were convinced of the 21-year-old’s pure talent.

And now the classy forward has ended a testing campaign that included a battle with Covid-19 with a goal of the utmost quality – on the highest stage and at the perfect time.

Havertz looked dazed as he tried to sum up his emotions on a night when he cemented his place in the game's folklore by scoring a goal that won the Champions League.

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 Kai Havertz of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's winning goal in the Champions League final. (Photo by Jose Coelho - Pool/Getty Images)

Kai Havertz of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's winning goal in the Champions League final. (Photo by Jose Coelho - Pool/Getty Images)

Kai Havertz of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's winning goal in the Champions League final. (Photo by Jose Coelho - Pool/Getty Images)

"I don't know what to say," the match-winner told BT Sport. "It's an incredible feeling. We deserve this. I've waited 15 years for this moment and now it's here."

Euphoric Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta could not contain his joy as he lifted the trophy and admitted this was his ultimate ambition in his nine years as a Chelsea player.

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"I came here in 2012 after that Champions League win," he stated. "I wanted to repeat that Champions League success. It is amazing. My family are here. It is a special, special day."

Former boss Lampard will sit back somewhere with a wry smile at tonight’s events, doubtless delighted for his club – but also surely with regrets not to be in the dugout.

The 41-year-old was a central character in that seminal 2012 victory and had started this season as a Chelsea boss desperate to build a lasting managerial legacy.

Lampard failed to blend the £220million-worth of summer transfer talent though and paid with his job in January.

And so in came Tuchel, the demanding and discerning former Paris St Germain boss, on a clear brief to generate immediate results.

With owner Roman Abramovich looking on from the stands, Tuchel can now be expected to be handed a huge transfer kitty this summer are completing a remarkable transformation at Chelsea since he succeeded Frank Lampard as Blues manager in January.

Yet what happens next is a debate for another day as for now, this is a moment for Chelsea to toast their glory.

Champions of Europe once again.... blue is the colour.

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