Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will remain in club folklore for leading the team to the Champions League.
That’s the take on Blues legend Joe Cole, who watched Kai Havertz’s goal in Porto saw them beat Manchester City for the trophy.
German boss Tuchel arrived in west London in January, with Chelsea struggling to make the top four and looking unlikely to make waves in the European Cup round of 16.
He replaced club legend Frank Lampard at the Stamford Bridge hotseat and he turned them into European champions in just 124 days.
A stunning tactical performance on the biggest stage saw his 5-2-3 smother Pep Guardiola’s side and a magical Havertz moment won them the trophy.
And Cole acknowledges that he will now make history for this astonishing achievement.
“We thought he was one of the brightest young managers in world football and now he’s proven it and he’s going to be part of the folklore of this club alongside big names, big managers.
“Mourinho, Ancelotti, Di Matteo won the Champions League, he’s a club favorite.”
Man City and Pep Guardiola are already fed up with the sight of Tuchel.
“He came to this country, he faced Pep Guardiola three times and won all three games,” said Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.
“Today Tuchel, the way he put together his squad, really negated any threat Man City had,” he added.
The German has only become the third manager in history to beat the Spaniard three times in a season.
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool, 2017-18) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United, 2019-20) were the only others to achieve the feat.
Tuchel is now aiming for a new contract, having met Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in person for the first time at the Estadio do Dragao pitch after one of the club’s biggest triumphs.
The 47-year-old signed an 18-month contract in January – and will “demand” to be part of Chelsea’s advancement.
When asked if he would be able to make a new deal, Tuchel replied, “I’m not even 100% sure, but I might have a new contract now.
“So let’s check that out first. I spoke to the owner at the moment in the field, it was the best time for a first meeting.
“Or the worst, because now it can only get worse!”
“We’ll talk tomorrow, talk later, talk tomorrow, and we look forward to that.
“I can assure him that I’m going to stay hungry, that I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy, as a member of a really ambitious club, a strong part of a strong group. It fits perfectly with my belief and my passion for football at the moment.
“So my desire is to go for more wins, to grow as a coach and to push the squad on the first day of next season to the limit.
“We have work to do to close the gap, and that’s what I am. And so it will be nice to meet him a little closer.
“We are in contact but not personal, he knows directly what is going on with me. But now it’s nice to meet him.