Chelsea FC News and Notes: Christian Pulisic, Edouard Mendy, Kai Havertz

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Last night saw Chelsea pull off the upset and complete their magical European journey, with an against all odds win over Manchester City. Once again, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel had the secret sauce to stopping the Manchester City juggernaut.

Let’s run through some of the news and notes from the 1-0 win in Porto, starting with Christian Pulisic, who was once again a supersub. 

“There’s no way to describe this moment,” Pulisic said.

“I never in my life thought that I could be here,” Pulisic said after the Chelsea triumph. “I hope there’s some kids watching back home in America thinking that they can do the same.

“It’s massive, this is the biggest thing you can win in club football and I’m just so proud of this team. It’s a joy to be here.”

Pulisic became the first American to feature in the men’s competition, and he was sporting the USA national team gear when he collected his big prize.

Seven years ago, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was unemployed, unable to get his agent to return his phone calls and ready to quit football. He was working with job centers on potential programs. Today he’s a Champions League winner, with the most clean sheets ever registered in one competition. 

He’s also the only African goalkeeper to ever win it.

Kai Havertz scored the lone goal, in the 42′ taking advantage of a John Stones gaffe and Ederson coming way out of the box. Afterward he said how much it means.

“I don’t know what to say. I really don’t know what to say. I waited a long time,” Havertz said on the pitch.

“I’ve waited 15 years for this moment and now it’s here.”

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB NationFollow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Anonymous says

    i congratulation boss of blus for is make good lineup to win champions league final and i give thank players goalkeeps Edouard mendy for keep clean sheet in final to win and i give God to mason mount for is good clear pass to win the champions in porto . and,kai havertz for is control to bring the goal . Thanks to all player to thank,weiner,pulisic,Abraham,odoi,Giroud,ziyech’n’ Golo kante , jorginho, mateco koviec , Ben chilwell,Alonso,Emerson,Gilomur, Reech james, christensen ,zouma, thiago silva, Antono Rudiger, and big chelsea captan zpillicueta you~are best captan,God bless you all . fans i thanks you blus is a best team in the world .

  2. Anonymous says

    boss i want to you,this try bring Alxander,in-liverpool ‘to be in right wing plus striker in BVB Erling haaland so the chelsea is pull first time& half time iam a fans of blus his never loss . Thanks.

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