ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has dedicated the FIFA Club World Cup squad title to owner Roman Abramovich after a 2-1 extra-time win over Palmeiras that clinched the only trophy missing since the Russian billionaire bought the club.
Kai Havertz’s converted penalty towards the end of extra time means Chelsea are now European and world champions.
Chelsea have now won 18 major trophies since 2003 when Abramovich bought the club – five Premier Leagues, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two Europa Leagues and now the Club World Cup. FIFA.
They are also in the League Cup final and Champions League this season, although the Premier League title is almost certainly past them.
“I said congratulations, he said congratulations and I said it was for you. It’s your club and it’s your contribution and your passion that made this possible and we’re happy to be a part of it,” Tuchel told reporters when asked what he said to Abramovich afterwards. the final whistle.
Tuchel traveled late to Abu Dhabi to take charge of the team after missing the semi-final against Al-Hilal after testing positive for COVID-19.
The German, who has made a stunning impact at Stamford Bridge since taking charge a year ago, said it was unclear whether he would arrive in the Middle East in time.
He, however, tested negative on the penultimate chance to reach the UAE in time.
“We were running out of flights, with the jet lag we knew the deadline was approaching,” Tuchel said.
“I was several times on the way to the airport and several times while driving called back because my test was not negative. And finally we got there, I arrived yesterday for dinner, at 8:15 in the evening .
“Coaching is also about feelings, on the touchline. It is not possible to coach only from the office.
Palmeiras appeared to take Chelsea to a penalty shootout before Cesar Azpilicueta’s shot was blocked by Luan’s arm and Havertz converted the resulting kick.
Chelsea’s only other appearance in the competition came in a loss to Corinthians in the 2012 final.
“If you score late, you need luck to do it. We were relentless, kept trying, didn’t stop. We didn’t give in,” Tuchel said. locker room what an opportunity, everyone is jealous of us.
“It’s very special and we wanted to play with no regrets.”
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis)