'It is the first time': Salomon Kalou claims Chelsea have done something only Barcelona can match
Salomon Kalou has laid claim to knowing a pretty decent pub quiz answer about Chelsea.
Kalou told Tuttomercato web that only Barcelona have won the Champions League with more players from their academy than the Blues.
Can’t win anything with kids
Thomas Tuchel took the Premier League side to European glory last season, thanks to a blend of youth and experience.
The younger corner of the squad was largely made up of those who have risen through the ranks at Cobham.
On the winners’ podium in Estadio do Dragao stood Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Billy Gilmour, Andreas Christensen, Tino Anjorin and Tammy Abraham.
Whilst some played a bigger part than others, all contributed towards Chelsea becoming continental champions.
Very few other teams in the history of the competition indept such success to those cut from their own cloth.
Other than Barcelona, who largely owed their victories in 2009, 2011 and 2015 to products of La Masia, the Spaniards infamous footballing school.
Barca’s brilliant construction line
Lionel Messi, Xavi, Gerard Pique, Andreas Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Pedro were involved in all three tournaments, whilst Victor Valdez and Carlos Puyol played in two.
Not a bad array of stars to call upon on the grandest stage.
Barca’s ability to churn out household names cannot be matched by many, but Chelsea certainly give them a good run for their money.
“Chelsea have won the Champions League, they have many talented young people who have made it to the first team,” said Kalou, a Champions League winner with the Blues back in 2012.
“Many come directly from the Academy and this is an incredible result.
“If we exclude Barcelona, I think it is the first time that a team has won the Champions League with so many products from their nursery.
“In my opinion, the Blues are on the right path to win other trophies.”
Chelsea definitely are on the correct path to picking up more silverware.
They have a Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid awaiting them, whilst the FA Cup is still up for grabs.
Tuchel has the likes of Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Christensen, James and now Trevoh Chalobah to call upon, keeping up Cobham’s legacy.