Chelsea is European champion
The 2021 Champions League final was contested by two English teams.
Manchester City headed into the clash looking to win the trophy for the first time in their history and to achieve a historic treble following victories in the League Cup and Premier League earlier in the campaign.
Chelsea, meanwhile, aimed to secure the trophy for the second time after winning it in 2012.
The Blues fired Bayern Munich after overtime on that occasion, but this year’s masterpiece ended in 90 minutes.
Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the game after being slipped by Mason Mount.
Rudiger on being a Chelsea legend
The Chelsea legacy of Mount and Havertz has now been solidified after their involvement in that goal.
But another star whose heroics that night have also stood out is Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger had an excellent game overall, but his big moment came just before half an hour, when he made a tackle that seemed to have avoided an almost certain goal from Phil Foden:
Antonio Rüdiger with an incredible block against Phil Foden! 💪
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 29, 2021
Now, after playing a key role in Chelsea’s victory in their second Champions League, Rudiger has been inspired by his status as a Chelsea legend.
The German, however, was quick to dismiss this, while also highlighting the other players who played a key role in CL’s victory in May:
“It was good, but ‘legend’, I wouldn’t say that. We did it as a team, as a group, and a ‘legend’ is for other people to decide. But for me it’s just that we won the Champions League together as a group and it was good.
“It wasn’t just that challenge for me, it was Azpi’s challenge, it was also Reece’s challenge, Christensen’s challenge and Kai’s goal, Mason’s assist. It was a good team effort ”.
Quotes via Chelsea Official Website.
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