The Blues manager saw his boots play a significant part in the dressing room shenanigans that surrounded a spectacular European victory.
Thomas Tuchel has explained why his trainers were visible in the celebrations after Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League final victory against Manchester City in 2021.
After a historic European win, the Blues retired to their changing room to bask in their glory away from prying eyes.
When Tuchel arrived at the party, champagne bottle in hand, the situation took an odd turn when his boots became the focus of attention.
When their boss came for the post-match celebrations, Olivier Giroud, Antonio Rudiger, and Kurt Zouma were eager to get involved with Tuchel’s trainers.
The German’s footwear was soaked in champagne as it became the focal point of a celebration that was supposed to be about a legendary piece of continental silverware.
Tuchel, the former Paris Saint-Germain manager, explained the unusual scenes to Chelsea’s official website: “I wore these identical sneakers in Paris and made a promise to the team that we would wear them if we reached the Champions League final.
“They were a gift from PSG’s president, and I pledged to my staff that I would wear them in the final.
“That day, I did not wear them, and we lost [to Bayern Munich]. This year, I made a point of wearing them, and they worked!”
Tuchel was unable to wear his fortunate trainers in a 2020 showpiece due to a damaged ankle and fractured metatarsal sustained in the build-up to the game, necessitating the use of a protective boot.
However, history was created last season when he became the first player to reach back-to-back Champions League finals with separate teams.
He also took home the ultimate reward, as a single goal from Kai Havertz was enough for Chelsea to defeat Premier League rivals Porto.