Gary Cahill says this Chelsea team could go on to be even more successful than the heroes of 2012.
Cahill, now at Crystal Palace, was part of the only Blues team ever to win the Champions League, against Bayern Munich nine years ago.
He went on to lift six other major trophies with Chelsea alongside club legends like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Now in his football twilight years at 35, Cahill said: “I think this current team is very exciting. They’ve got a massive lifespan. It’s a young squad.
“It’s more inexperienced than the squad I was in. But when you look at their weaknesses there aren’t many.
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“They were very good in two games against Real Madrid. They have strengths – youthfulness, energy, quality, confidence.
“Players who look like they believe they should be on that stage. It’s an exciting time to be a Chelsea fan, to see this young team grow.
“You grow together in big moments. And there’s no bigger moment than a Champions League final. I see a huge future ahead for this team.”
Cahill reckons beating Manchester City to win their first piece of silverware under Thomas Tuchel could quickly lead to more glory.
He said: “Winning in 2012 gave me that hunger, and the feeling of how incredible it is to win trophies and be successful.
“It was almost like an addiction. You wanted more. You wanted it again and again. I think that was built into me after that, and into the squad for sure.
“It was a springboard to go on and be successful. You have to buy into that at Chelsea. Winning is a big part of what they do.”
Cahill says he will never forget the post-match celebrations after Chelsea’s penalty shoot-out win over Bayern in Munich.
He said: “We came back to the hotel and the room erupted. All the families were already there.
“The drinks were flowing, me and Didier jumping in the pool with our clothes on… Moments I’ll never forget. Amazing times.”
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