Chelsea have won the Europa League against Arsenal, and it’s time to celebrate this brilliant accomplishment. Fortunately, these days, with the prevalence mobile phones and the popularity of social media, we can be practically right in the center of it all. Just as the players didn’t let us down on the pitch in Baku, they didn’t let us down in producing a vast array of content to share, rejoice in, and rewatch ad infinitum.
Let’s start off with my absolute favourite, Olivier Giroud, now a True Blue. He controlled himself during the game and in post-match interview, putting on a brave professional face, but behind the scenes, as he danced around with his second trophy in as many seasons with Chelsea, he let his true feelings out. You’re in good company, OG!
Academy player Conor Gallagher, along for the ride and named to the substitutes bench, recorded some lovely scenes of Maurizio Sarri getting a well-earned champagne shower (including from Gary Cahill!) followed by much rejoicing and cries of “campeones”.
They certainly are!
A thing of beauty was also injured Antonio Rüdiger’s contribution, as he went absolutely crazy on Instagram, celebrating in his own loud and entertaining style, with plenty of song and dance.
Rüdiger even brought back the N’Golo Kanté chant from last year’s World Cup. Of course, Kanté, the ultimate warrior, was all shy about it. STOP BEING SO ADORABLE!
Another song that made an interesting appearance was one that’s become a fan-favourite at Stamford Bridge. Callum Hudson-Odoi had to miss out due to his Achilles surgery (as did Ruben Loftus-Cheek), but they were on everyone’s minds as they received their tributes. Please stay, CHO!
Despite the apparent (and over-documented) training ground spat between David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuaín, it was all smiles and kisses in the dressing room today. Literally. And who can blame them, what a night!
With most Chelsea fans far, far away from the stadium, it was great to see the TV cameras capturing the absolutely adorable moment when Maurizio Sarri held his first ever winners’ medal in his gaze. Find someone who looks at your like that!
The mischievous celebratory cigar was quite funny as well, with Ross Barkley’s reaction to it the cherry on top.
Speaking of smoking, the one and only Hilario shared a few amazing snaps on his Instagram. Be sure to scroll through them all.
Rob Green might not have played a competitive match for Chelsea, but he’s clearly a popular figure with the rest of the team and has become a bit of a cult figure as well. The players celebrating him as he lifted the European trophy, his first ever at age 39 (no medal, at least for now) was quite lovely indeed.
The players also took to their personal Instagram accounts to enjoy themselves and rejoice.
FIRST NAME PEDRO, MIDDLE NAME TROPHIES
WILLIAN AND NO INSTAGRAM SHENANIGANS THIS TIME!
Quite a few former players that took part in the celebrations and congratulations, in person or otherwise, like Michael Essien or Didier Drogba.
It’s always great to see former players keeping that emotional bond to the club, including Cesc Fàbregas, who was working for BT Sport in commentary but got to lift the trophy he helped win in the first-half of the season.
What a night, what a day!
Love you all.
UPDATE: The party has stretched into the morning hours, with Antonio Rüdiger still going strong!
Eden Hazard was out there, too, busting a move!
And of course, DRAAAANKS!