Thomas Tuchel has discovered Chelsea’s own Lionel Messi after Champions League win

Thomas Tuchel has discovered Chelsea's own Lionel Messi after Champions League win

Chelsea have joined an illustrious list of clubs to have won the Champions League more than once.

Saturday night’s 1-0 win over Manchester City means the Blues are in the conversation with the likes of Juventus, Benfica, Porto and Nottingham Forest to have lifted European football’s richest prize on two occasions.

Of course, there’s a long way to go before Chelsea are the most successful English team in the Champions League as they still trail Liverpool’s haul of six.

With that said, the Blues have two titles whilst the rest of London have a combined total of zero which means bragging rights over Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will continue.

Furthermore, Chelsea now have one of the most successful players in Champions League history following their win over Man City.

Midfielder Mateo Kovacic – a second-half substitute for Mason Mount – set a remarkable record by claiming a fourth Champions League winners’ medal in Porto.

It’s the Croatian’s first with Chelsea as the other three were won with former club Real Madrid.

However, the 17-minute cameo was actually the first time he has actually featured in a Champions League final after not playing a single minute of Los Blancos’ wins between 2015 and 2018.

Kovacic still needs another to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of five, but he has the same number of Champions League winners’ medals as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

So effectively, Thomas Tuchel has discovered Chelsea’s own Messi after the Champions League final win.

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Clarence Seedorf are just a handful of players to have also won the trophy four times which means Kovacic is in good company.

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