Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday in Porto to lift their second Champions League trophy.
The Blues also have their defence to thank, with every member of their backline putting in a monumental display to reduce City to just one shot on target over 90 minutes.
Chelsea’s defence has often relied on the experience of Brazilian veteran Thiago Silva in big games this season and when the centre-back was forced off with a groin injury in the 39th minute, many of the Blues faithful feared the worst.
However, Silva’s replacement, Andreas Christensen, delivered an incredible display in the heart of their defence, registering four clearances, two interceptions and making a crucial block to deny Phil Foden an equaliser in the dying embers of the game.
The Denmark international was lauded by a number of Chelsea legends after his defensive heroics helped shut out Pep Guardiola’s usually free-scoring City.
Both John Terry and Didier Drogba replied to a post from the 25-year-old on social media celebrating the victory.
“Congratulations mate,” Terry posted on Instagram.
“Yes my man, what a game, you’ve grown so much, much love,” Drogba said on the same post.
Christensen then replied to Drogba’s comment, saying: “Means a lot, thank you, all love”.
Praise from two Chelsea greats will go a long way for the former Gladbach loanee, who has been in and out of the team since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in January.
Christensen will hope to build on his performance in the final and nail down a starting spot at the heart of Tuchel’s defence next season.