Inside Chelsea’s dressing room as the Blues gear up for Champions League final

Edouard Mendy starts the party… and even the masseuse gets involved! Inside Chelsea’s dressing room celebrations as the jubilant Blues gear up for Champions League final clash against Man City

  • Chelsea have booked their place in the Champions League final v Man City 
  • The Blues put in a dominant display to beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the semi-finals 
  • Chelsea players were jubilant in the dressing room as they celebrated the win
  • Keeper Edouard Mendy led the party as the squad bounced around with music 

Chelsea’s dressing room erupted into a party after the Blues swept aside Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final on Wednesday night. 

Thomas Tuchel’s side will contest an all-English showpiece against Manchester City on May 29 after overcoming the LaLiga giants 4-1 on aggregate, with Timo Werner and Mason Mount on target in the semi-final second leg to secure a 2-0 win on the night, with the squad gearing up for two finals. 

It will be Chelsea’s first Champions League final for nine years, and the players didn’t take long to get the celebrations going after heading back down the tunnel at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea players were delighted in the dressing room after booking a Champions League final spot after their win over Real Madrid

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy posted a video of wild scenes as the players danced and jumped around together having sealed a final against English rivals Man City

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy posted a video of wild scenes as the players danced and jumped around together having sealed a final against English rivals Man City

With no fans to enjoy the occasion with inside the stadium, the players huddled together with music blaring in the background in the dressing room.

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was at the forefront, holding a camera to record the squad bouncing around and screaming and pumping their fists in the air.

But it wasn’t just the players who were getting excited – Chelsea’s kitman even got involved in the occasion as he was filmed by left-back Ben Chilwell dancing in the middle of the room.

Chelsea's kitman even got involved in celebrations

He was filmed by defender Ben Chilwell doing the worm next to Mason Mount

Chelsea’s kitman even got involved in celebrations as he did a worm in the dressing room

The defender then encouraged him to ‘do the worm’, and he duly obliged, getting down to wriggle around on the floor, with delighted goalscorer Mount stepping in to dance alongside him.

Chelsea players posted a group picture of the team together to commemorate their place in the final, with Antonio Rudiger writing: ‘We did it – off to the final!!!’

Midfielder Mateo Kovacic posted the photo alongside the caption: ‘Istanbul next’, while Chilwell simply said: ‘This team!’.

An ecstatic Callum Hudson-Odoi wrote: ‘FINALSS HERE WE COMEEEE!!!’ and youngster Billy Gilmour said: ‘Istanbul here we come!’

Outside the stadium hordes of fans had gathered to welcome the team ahead of the game, while also protest against Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez and the Chelsea ownership for their involvement in the failed European Super League.

But the fans stuck around for the full time whistle to get their own celebrations going, with supporters drinking beer and getting on each others’ shoulders to toast their side’s success. 

It wasn't just the Blues stars who were partying as fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge

It wasn’t just the Blues stars who were partying as fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge

Supporters were celebrating a first Champions League final in nine years after the game

Supporters were celebrating a first Champions League final in nine years after the game

Fans drank beer and danced on each others’ shoulders to toast their team’s achievement

Chelsea have not one but two finals to look forward to – with the first coming against Leicester City in the FA Cup final on May 15.

Speaking after the game, boss Tuchel said he was ‘grateful’ to be manager of the team and could not have envisaged Chelsea would get this far under his leadership.

He warned ‘it’s not done yet’ after they booked their Champions League final spot but insisted the team would go there to win against Man City despite Pep Guardiola’s side being the favourites. 

Thomas Tuchel admitted he was grateful to be Chelsea boss but insisted the job was 'not done yet' as they bid to cause an upset against City

Thomas Tuchel admitted he was grateful to be Chelsea boss but insisted the job was ‘not done yet’ as they bid to cause an upset against City

‘I’m happy, very happy that we achieved this,’ he said. ‘I’m very grateful to have the opportunity in my life in football and to have this has a profession. I am more than grateful to coach a team like this in a final. 

‘The final? Ask me four days before the final when the last week arrives. It’s too early. Hopefully not but there can be injured players or players out of firm. 

‘Whatever happens, we need to wait and see. We hope to arrive with the whole squad and in the moment and with a good atmosphere. It’s not done yet. We want to go all the way, we want to arrive in Istanbul to win.’ 

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Chelsea boss Tuchel targets historic double of FA Cup and Champions League glory

‘The job is not done. We want to go to Istanbul and win’: Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel targets historic double after FA Cup finalists beat Real Madrid to book showdown with Manchester City in Champions League final

Thomas Tuchel urged his team to complete a historic double as Chelsea stormed past Real Madrid to set-up a mouth-watering all-English Champions League final.

The Blues produced a dominant display against the Spanish giants to clinch their place in this month’s Istanbul showpiece against Premier League champions-elect Manchester City later this month.

Timo Werner and Mason Mount scored the crucial goals to cap a stylish performance from Chelsea – who are now on for a historic European and FA Cup double.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel celebrates with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

But Tuchel insists reaching two finals is not enough: ‘We need to arrive in the final in a good moment and a good atmosphere – it’s not done yet. We want to go all the way, we go to Istanbul to win. The job is not done yet, we are in two finals now.

‘I’m very proud, they deserved to win tonight. They made us suffer but we were dangerous and we never lost the hunger and desire to defend.

‘It was a huge performance and we could have scored so much more – but now is not the time for criticism because it’s a fantastic achievement. Massive congratulations.

Timo Werner opened the scoring after Kai Havertz's attempt came back off the crossbar

Timo Werner opened the scoring after Kai Havertz’s attempt came back off the crossbar

‘To hang in there and never lose concentration. Huge. This was a performance full of spirit, hunger and positive attitude. Absolutely delighted.’

The German has become the first coach to reach consecutive Champions League finals with different teams having finished runners-up with Paris Saint-Germain last season.

‘I’m happy we achieved this. I’m very grateful to live my life in football, to do it on this level, and coach a team like this and reach the final again, I’m very grateful,’ said Tuchel.

‘Every sacrifice, every single day has been worth it to be at this amazing club. I’m very grateful to be at the sideline of this club.’

Thibaut Courtois could only watch as Mason Mount's strike made its way into the net

Thibaut Courtois could only watch as Mason Mount’s strike made its way into the net 

Chelsea face Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend in a game that could provide an indication of how the final may pan out.

The Blues beat City to reach the FA Cup final last month and Tuchel said: ‘The semi-final doesn’t give us upper hand, but it can give us confidence and a good feeling.’

Goalscorer Mount echoed his manager’s sentiments by insisting reaching the final isn’t enough, saying: ‘The most important thing is we won tonight but it’s not there yet and there’s one game left. I haven’t won anything yet. So hopefully we’ve got two massive cup finals and hopefully we can win.

‘I can’t put it into words at the moment. It was a great performance on a tough, tough night.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount (right) celebrates after sealing their place in the final

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount (right) celebrates after sealing their place in the final 

‘You know what they’re like, they will come and give it everything. We worked hard and could have had about five.

‘It was 1-0 but it didn’t matter because if they scored they’re back in the game. It was good to get that late one, you can see by the celebrations.

‘It was a massive goal for us and gave us breathing space in the last five minutes.

‘We gave it everything, we had that desire and we wanted to win. You can see in the first-half we could have countered and scored but we got the one late on.’

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Chelsea’s Charly Musonda confident he’s ‘on the right track’ to recovery after FOUR-YEAR injury hell

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda confident he’s ‘on the right track’ to recovery after FOUR-YEAR injury hell… despite being told he had ’20 per cent’ chance of coming back from posterior cruciate ligament damage

  • The Zambian went four years without playing back-to-back football matches 
  • He has trained at Dubai’s Transform Altitude Centre in a bid to salvage his career 
  • But the 24-year-old has underlined he could still have a 10-year career in football 

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda has openly discussed his four-year injury hell but insisted he is set for an ‘incredible comeback’ after suffering chronic knee injuries.

The Zambian, 24, has been at Chelsea since 2012 when he was just 15 years old and was rated as one of the world’s best young players at the age of 16.

He suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in 2016 and has barely played since then, training at Dubai’s Transform Altitude centre in a bid to revive his ailing top-level career.

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda (pictured) has opened up on his four-year injury struggle

But the Zambian, 24, has declared he is back 'on the right track' in his recovery process

But the Zambian, 24, has declared he is back ‘on the right track’ in his recovery process

In an interview with the BBC, Musonda – currently in injury rehabilitation – compared his journey to getting ready for a boxing match.

He said: ‘It’s very difficult to have three years without being able to do what you really love. I would be lying to say it’s been easy, but I’ve always known that some struggles are worth going through.

‘I feel like a fighter now preparing for a boxing match. It would be an incredible comeback – an incredible story. Every day is part of the journey, every day a step closer to coming back. I’m on the right track.

The 23-year-old has revealed that doctors told him the chances of playing again were slim

The 23-year-old has revealed that doctors told him the chances of playing again were slim

Musonda had to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy players broke into the side

Musonda had to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy players broke into the side

‘I do believe if I put a run together and I come back, I can play for a good 10 years. I’m still 24 – if I come back in the prime of my career, I can put a run together – that’s my goal.’

Musonda was told the odds of him returning to football was around 20 per cent, and the odds of hum returning at the highest level and playing for Chelsea was ‘slim to none’.

The injury also meant he was forced to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy prospects like Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham broke into the first-team.

He concluded: ‘I know how hard it is, so I’m really proud of them. Seeing people you’ve grown up with doing so well, you can only be happy. Hopefully, I’ll be able to one day train and play with them again.’

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