Stamford Bridge saw Chelsea advance to the Champions League final after 2-0 over Real Madrid yesterday.
The Blues returned from Madrid with the advantage of an away goal. After this first-leg 1-1 draw, Real hoped to equalize in their away match on the return leg.
After all, if they reached the final game of the most elite European club competition, it would be for the fifth time in the last eight seasons.
Instead, Thomas Tuchel won Chelsea their third English final in the history of the Champions League.
It was also his second consecutive final qualification, albeit last season he carried Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final.
PSG lost the final to Bayern Munich last season and Tuchel was fired. Then, PSG avenged Bayern and beat them to the semi-finals this time around, only to lose to Manchester City now.
So, the Champions League final will, therefore, be English. Manchester City and Chelsea will meet on May 29 in Istanbul in the club match of the year.
German coach Tuchel thus quickly accomplished his mission at his new club. His boys ensured that Chelsea advance to the Champions League final after 2-0 over Real Madrid yesterday. This is close to the score we predicted.
The First Half
Antonio Rüdiger tucked the ball home first after a short tussle with the defender. The Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois managed to deal with this threat, however.
Courtois also saved a subsequent attempt by Mason Mount in the first corner.
A few moments later Timo Werner’s goal was cancelled due to it being in the backcourt.
Real’s Karim Benzema, in the 26th minute, shot from the edge of the penalty area.
But Édouard Mendy proved to be a phenomenal goalkeeper, diving perfectly to deflect the ball. It was an extremely difficult shot to save, and the Chelsea’s goalkeeper’s work saw reinforcement two minutes later.
In this match, Real left the midfield empty, and the Blues exploited that in the 28th minute.
N’Golo Kanté played a double pass with Werner and then brilliantly passed to Kai Havertz. The German talent shot toward Courtois, the ball landed on the crossbar and then returned in front of the goal.
Once there, Werner found himself jumping and shoving the ball with his head into the empty net.
So, the Chelsea striker scored his first goal in a Champions League game after September 2019.
Mendy made a new great reaction in the 36th minute when he neutralized Benzema again.
The French striker aimed a header after a great pass from Luka Modrić. But Mendy somehow stopped the ball that was sitting under the crossbar.
The Second Half
Two minutes into the second half, so we saw Havertz maneuver the ball, which this time hit his head.
Werner also delivered a great strike in front of the penalty area for Mount a few minutes later.
The Englishman received the ball and then shot from a great position. However, his shot was too strong and eventually passed over the goal.
Real were hanging dangerously in those moments. Havertz made another phenomenal opportunity in the 60th minute, but Courtois successfully defended this situation one-on-one.
Eden Hazard created danger for his former club in the 65th minute when he beat a slant in the penalty area. Still, Mendy was once again ready for a timely response.
The Blues then retaliated with a nice counter-pull pulled by Werner. The German passed to Kanté at the end of a play. Kanté thus came close to doubling the lead, but he was blocked by Federico Valverde.
In short, Chelsea simply missed too much despite making several skilled attempts. And their advantage was not comfortable enough to afford such a thing. On the other hand, Real failed to bridge this gap.
The home team finally scored their second, decisive goal in the 85th minute.
Kanté wonderfully stole the ball 25 meters from the opponent’s goal, navigated the middle, and passed to Christian Pulisic.
The motivated Pulisic, in turn, found Mount in the box. The English midfielder finally scored and sealed Chelsea’s win.