Eagle-eyed Chelsea followers can have noticed one thing barely uncommon throughout their Champions League celebrations on Saturday night time.
The Blues conquered Manchester City, beating them 1-Zero in Porto due to Kai Havertz’s decisive first-half strike.
On the full-time whistle, the occasion started for the Chelsea gamers.
Some – equivalent to Edouard Mendy, Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger – bizarrely began kissing supervisor Thomas Tuchel’s sneakers.
Within the dressing room, the boss was seen taking off his sneakers and lifting them aloft just like the trophy.
All of the gamers round him joined in with this odd ritual, and the rationale behind it has now been defined.
Tuchel revealed in one in every of his post-match interviews that the sneakers had been actually a present given to him final 12 months by the PSG president.
He mentioned he promised these at PSG that he’d put on them of their Champions League remaining in opposition to Bayern Munich.
Nevertheless, he forgot they usually misplaced the match 1-0.
This time round, he saved the sneakers and made positive to put on them for Chelsea’s remaining as a result of superstition.
“I had these sneakers in Paris and I made a promise that we are going to put on these sneakers after we attain the Champions League remaining,” Tuchel mentioned.
“They had been a gift from the president at PSG and I promised my workers I’d put on them within the remaining.
“I didn’t put on them, so we misplaced. I wore them as we speak they usually labored.”