Mason Mount claimed Chelsea could now call themselves the best team in the world following their Champions League final win against Manchester City.
England midfielder Mountâs excellent through-ball set up Kai Havertz for the gameâs only goal in the first half at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.
Chelsea had beaten newly-crowned Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid in the knockout stages en-route to the final.
Mount, the Chelsea fan who came through the clubâs academy, told BT Sport: âIâve dreamt as a kid of going all the way, making a final and winning it. Thatâs what this cupâs all about.
âIâve been there as a kid, now to go all the way in the Champions League, through some tough games â weâve played some top teams â and now weâre in a final and weâve won, itâs such a special occasion.
âAt this moment in time, weâre the best team in the world and you canât take that away from us.â
Chelsea secured their fourth win of the season against City, including last monthâs FA Cup semi-final, but Mount saluted Pep Guardiolaâs side.
âCity â what a team they are,â he said. âTheyâre very hard to prepare for. You donât know what youâre going to get. They have top, top players and itâs such a tough game.
âThey gave it everything, just like us. My celebrations after the game were cut short because I went over to them. I know what theyâve given.
âThey deserved to be here because of what theyâve done this season.â
Match-winner Havertz has endured a tough transition to the Premier League after joining Chelsea in a club-record Â£72million deal last summer.
Asked if the winning goal had paid back the transfer fee on its own, the German told BT Sport: âTo be honest, right now, I donât give a f***. Iâve won the Champions League!â
Chelsea wing-back Ben Chilwell, another outstanding performer for Thomas Tuchelâs side, described victory as a dream come true.
âWe fought so hard,â he told BT Sport. âWe knew it was going to be tough and in the second half we fought for our lives.
âWeâd pictured this moment, this feeling, and itâs just amazing. Itâs what I came to Chelsea for. Itâs a dream come true.
âWe got tired as the game went on but when the Champions League is up for grabs, that doesnât really matter.â