Chelsea, also champions in 2012, have become the 13th team to win multiple European Cups.
Chelsea striker Timo Werner failed to get on the scoresheet in Chelsea’s 1-0 triumph against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final. Werner drew criticism for failing to deliver the goods when it mattered the most, with Kai Havertz netting the goal that helped ensure a win. However, the former RB Leipzig striker has received backing from popular football commentator and critic Suman Chakraborty, who hailed the footballer as the unsung hero of the triumph.
“Werner was the man who played a key role in Chelsea’s triumph, operating in an excellent manner with his runs and movement when not having the ball. His excellent gameplay helped set up Kai Havertz’s opener, which directly had an impact on the final result and Chelsea’s first Champions League title after nine years. Werner has certainly been the unsung hero, with all the focus dominated by the criticism over his finishing. Its important for a striker to finish, but not the only parameter,” he says in an exclusive interaction with Sportslumo.
Chakraborty further hailed the performance of N’Golo Kante, hailing his performance as an extraordinary one.
“Kante’s journey has certainly been a wonderful one. His work rate, passing and vision are top notch to say the least. His recovery runs when he or his team-mates lose the ball is absolutely enviable. Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell were similarly wonderful. Mount and Havertz have struck a wonderful partnership, getting the job done beautifully. Havertz has been excellent in his first season which augurs well for Chelsea. Chilwell has been a pleasure to watch.”
The popular football commentator termed Edouard Mendy as a fine addition to the Chelsea side, terming his reliability as a big boost.
“Mendy was excellent between the sheets for Chelsea. He is certainly providing quality competition to Kepa. The keeper remained calm and composed in a tense final, rather than losing his nerve under pressure. Chelsea’s win was achieved on the back of Thomas Tuchel’s masterclass (80%), Mendy’s heroics (10%) and Kante’s display (10%),” he concluded.
Chelsea’s triumph will certainly serve as inspiration for those teams which struggle with new managerial additions.