Chelsea Star Ben Chilwell Delivers Verdict on Champions League Glory
Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell has hailed his side’s desire in their 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday.
The 24-year-old tasted his first piece of silverware at Stamford Bridge in his first season at the club following his £45 million switch from Leicester City last summer.
“We fought so hard. We knew it was going to be a tough game and in the second half, we just fought for our lives,” said the England international, as quoted by Chelsea.
“We pictured this moment and this feeling. It’s just amazing, a dream come true. It’s what I came to Chelsea for.”
Chelsea, who made a bright start in Porto, received an early blow clash as veteran defender Thiago Silva limped off with a groin issue and was replaced by 25-year-old Andreas Christensen.
Chilwell added: “Thiago [Silva] going off was obviously not what we wanted, but whoever out of the three CB’s has filled in has been brilliant.
“Playing next to Antonio [Rüdiger] has been amazing. He’s been absolutely class since the manager [Tuchel] came in and everyone defended for their lives.
“In the second half, we didn’t play as well as we wanted but who cares. We’ve won the Champions League, so I don’t really care how we played!”
The left-back displayed one of his best performances in a Chelsea shirt as he rose to the challenge against former Leicester teammate Riyad Mahrez.
He added: “We knew their strengths. Obviously Riyad [Mahrez] and Raheem [Sterling] on the wings were potentially going to cause us problems so me and Reece [James] had to be on our game.
“The key was just to get tight and try to be aggressive with them. I was getting very tired as the game went on, but when the tie is up for grabs, it doesn’t really matter!”