Three of the best moments for Chelsea in 2021
2021 has been another crazy episode in the life of a Chelsea fan.
It seems like there is never a quiet time around Stamford Bridge, but the past 12 months have been particularly noisy.
Conceding all the important events in a piece of edible literature is no simple challenge.
Instead, we’ve picked our top three Chelsea moments from last year:
When Frank Lampard was relieved of his managerial post on the 25e in January, a gray cloud lingered over the club.
Poor results aside – there had been plenty over the previous months – the sacking of the greatest player in Chelsea history was always going to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
After all, it was Lampard who guided the Blues to the Champions League qualification, an FA Cup final, promoted several young stars in the senior setup, while competing with a transfer ban.
But for the sake of the team’s season, changes had to happen.
A day later, it was announced that Thomas Tuchel would take over with immediate effect.
A questioning ripple rang in South West London.
Is the man Paris Saint-Germain just sacked really the right person for such a pressurized job?
Fast forward to the present day and this question couldn’t be more absurd if asked by a talking donkey.
Tuchel transformed the team of European hopes into conquerors of the continent.
His methods have been precise and distinct from the start, as have all the media interviews he has taken on.
People who were once thrown in the mud are now brighter than ever.
Chelsea wouldn’t be where they are now without the arrival of the German.
“We know what we are …”
29e of May. A date that will be remembered by Chelsea supporters until the end of time.
The day Tuchel really took root in folklore law, having faltered until that night in Porto.
The final chapter of a grueling season – which included a change of leadership and an entire FA Cup campaign – was about to end.
After beating Real Madrid overall over two sets to reach the final, Chelsea met Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Estadio do Dragao.
The two coaches had met twice at the national level before, once in the league and in the cup, but this unique match was unlike any other.
Tuchel had in mind revenge for last year’s loss in the flagship event, so the stage was really set for a showdown of seismic proportions.
Due to the quality of both sides, a single goal was all the Premier League pair could muster between them.
Fortunately for Chelsea, they are the ones who hit the hammer the most.
Just before the break, Kai Havertz picked up a delicious pass from Mason Mount, rounded Ederson and stabbed the ball into an empty net.
Even after losing Thiago Silva to injury and under pressure from City, Tuchel’s men defended fiercely to protect their lead.
At the final whistle, a sea of celebration erupted from the dark blue corner of the stadium.
Chelsea were European champions for the second time; isn’t that so sweet.
It was thanks to this success on the biggest football scene that Chelsea won the UEFA mandate at the start of their term.
Jorginho won the title of Male Player of the Year, thanks to his constant contributions throughout the Champions League race.
He has formed a formidable partnership with N’Golo Kante, who won the Champions League midfielder of the season.
Which came as no surprise, as the miniature midfielder was named man of the match in one of the quarter-finals, both in the semi-finals and the final.
Tuchel naturally got the green light for Coach of the Year.
Edouard Mendy won the Champions League goalkeeper of the season title, another rightly awarded title.
Mendy kept nine clean sheets throughout the race to the final, a joint record for a debut campaign in the competition.
The Blues covered with money.
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