Thomas Tuchel warned this is just the start for his Chelsea side as he demanded to be a part of something truly special after triggering a new contract by winning the Champions League.
The Chelsea manager said that while Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City was a “fantastic achievement” by his players and a “huge success”, all it should do is motivate them to win even more silverware next season, including the Premier League.
This was Chelsea’s third successive win over City and Tuchel is already planning to seize their domestic crown after brutally denying them a European one, with the German set to remain in place now for the long term after finally meeting owner Roman Abramovich for the first time in Porto.
“I’m not even 100 per cent sure, but maybe I already have a new contract with that win,” said Tuchel. “My managers said something about it.
“I spoke to the owner on the pitch and maybe it was the best moment for a first meeting. Or maybe the worst because it can only get worse. We will speak later and I’m looking forward to this. I can assure him I will stay hungry and I will win the next title. I’m really happy to be part of a really ambitious club.”
That ambition burns brightly with the 47-year-old German, who made that clear to Abramovich as well his players and supporters.
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“They [the players] were determined to win this,” he added. “We wanted to be the stone in the shoe of Manchester City.
“[But] it’s about the next one, honestly. Of course now is the time to celebrate for some days and to enjoy letting it sink in. One or two weeks to talk about it, but then it does, surprisingly, not a lot. I think it’s good, it doesn’t do much to you, nobody wants to rest. I don’t want to rest. I want the next one now, the next title.
“I want the same consistency in the process and I want to be a part of it and I demand to be a part of it. This is what comes next, make no mistake about it.
“We are a young group, a hungry group that suits my passion about football, in the moment, perfectly. My desire is for more victories, to grow as a coach and push the players on the first day of next season to the limit. We still have work to do.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola remained defiant in the face of his surprising decision to leave out both his holding midfielders, Fernandinho and Rodri - just the second time in 61 games this season that neither was in his starting line-up.
Instead, Ilkay Gundogan - City’s leading scorer this season - played the anchor role, removing him as an attacking threat in the process.
“I did the best in the selection,” said Guardiola. “I was last season against Lyon, like it was against PSG, against Dortmund... I tried a selection the best to win the game, the players know it.
“I decided to have quality players. Gundogan played many years in this position, to have the ball, to find the smaller players, the quality, brilliant players in the middle between the lines. This was the decision.”
Guardiola’s selection is sure to figure for a long time in analysis of this memorable final although the Catalan, still waiting for his first Champions League success since winning the cup for a second time with Barcelona in 2011, would not admit to any regrets.
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“I don’t know,” he said. “The decisions I made, the players with what they have done, they did everything.
“The decisions were (made) to try to win the game and I think the game was exceptional, being the first time we are here.
“I know the opponents, the way we played today, the way we put them down in the second half - they only made one counter-attack with Pulisic and Havertz. They’re a really good team but we competed perfectly with them.
“It was a tight game and in the second half we deserved to score one goal but we could not do it. So congratulations to Chelsea.”
Chelsea also knocked City out of the FA Cup this season, meaning Tuchel has personally ended Guardiola’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple, although Guardiola had only praise for his players.
“It was a season with 62 games and we played in 61 of them,” he said, referencing the FA Cup final as the only match his team missed out in the campaign.
“It was really tough for all of us, with the pandemic, but the season was incredible. I have incredible respect for the players, they have given everything on the pitch. Just today, unfortunately, they couldn’t win.
“But we will come back in the future stronger.”