Chelsea star Mason Mount savoured the climax to “a long, long journey” after the Blues beat Manchester City 1-0 to win the Champions League on Saturday.
Premier League champions City were eyeing a 2020-21 treble, and instead Chelsea claimed their second Champions League crown thanks to Kai Havertz’s 42nd-minute goal.
Mount split City’s defence with a sublime throughball for Havertz, who became the first player to score his maiden Champions League goal in the final since Ilkay Gundogan in 2013.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea nullified City to become the third English side to win the Champions League on two occasions, after Liverpool (2004-05 and 2018-19) and Manchester United (1998-99 and 2007-08).
Mount – the first English player to provide a Champions League final assist since Manchester United’s Wes Brown in 2008 – revelled in the feat afterwards.
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“I can’t put it into words – it’s impossible,” Mount told BT Sport. “I’ve played in two finals for Chelsea, FA Cup and we’ve lost them both, and the way that hurt.
“To go all the way in the UEFA Champions League, I can’t put it into words – it’s such a special occasion.
“City have top, top players, it was such a tough game. We get one goal, kind of on the break, and then we defended for our lives.
“What it means to us is unbelievable; it’s a long, long journey to get to this moment here.”
Chelsea have lifted the trophy in six of their seven major European finals in their history, with this their fourth European success in the Roman Abramovich era alone (Champions League in 2020-21 and 2011-12, Europa League in 2012-13 and 2018-19).
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