Mason Mount still remembers when his “dream” of winning the European Cup was born.
It was May 19, 2012, when Mount was just 13, but was given the special treat by his dad Tony of being allowed to stay up late to watch Chelsea lift the trophy after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Bayern Munich.
Now, nine years on, Mount’s own Roy of the Rovers story has seen him go from joining the Chelsea academy aged six to England star hoping to win the Champions League in Istanbul.
In an age when there are few fairytales left in football, Mount is a wonderful example of the wide-eyed youngster living out his boyhood dreams.
Mount, 22, said: “I was at home in my front room, watching the game with my family. My dad let me stay up and watch the game. It was unbelievable to watch, to see the atmosphere, to see the celebrations and to see the legends that were at this club achieve greatness.
“For me, it started that dream of me wanting to do it and I want to do it with this team. Now we have given ourselves a great opportunity to achieve it.
“With the team we have and with the group we have, the staff and the feeling we have, the confidence we have, we know we can do. It’s one more game to go but it’s going to be a very tough one.”
That night in Munich saw Chelsea beat the odds and Bayern in their own ground to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.
It should have been an incredible night when they beat Real Madrid to reach the final again and yet some of the players - like Edouard Mendy, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner - have yet to even play at a full Stamford Bridge.
That is the biggest disappointment for Mount and is why the substitutes, coaching staff and other squad players have created such a special atmosphere for big games in empty stadiums.
Mount said: “I was gutted we couldn’t share this moment with the fans because it would have been a special, special moment. It’s still a special moment but it would have been extra special.
“You have to create your own atmosphere and the whole team, the staff, the people in the stands, the boys on the bench they absolutely gave it everything and really supported us.
“We could hear them from the stands and that extra bit of motivation, that extra bit of help in the game means so much. From the celebrations, I could hear them shouting and screaming and running and jumping on the pitch.
“We had one game when some fans came back and we had that feeling then, it was unbelievable with a couple of thousand there but it’s a different story when it’s a packed-out Stamford Bridge on nights like this. I know the feeling of what it’s like but some of these boys don’t know yet.
“They’re waiting to feel that atmosphere, to feel the crowd. We tell them how good they are and what an unbelievable connection we have with them. I can’t wait for them to come back and give us that support inside the ground.”
Sadly it will not be a full stadium for the final either with UEFA hoping to get 4,000 fans from each side. Even if that number are allowed, it will be difficult for them to take in what has been a remarkable season for Chelsea.
Frank Lampard got them into the Champions League places in the first place, gave Mount his big chance at Chelsea and yet was sacked at the end of January with Thomas Tuchel taking charge. But Mount still says they owe a great debt to Lampard for where they are now.
He added: “Everyone knows what the start of the season was like and it put us in great stead to be where we are now.”