Chelsea set up all English Final with Madrid WIN

Chelsea beat Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate at Stamford Bridge to book their place in Istanbul. They’ll face Manchester City on May 29th in the second all English Champions League Final in 3 seasons.

Chelsea came into the game having blown a golden opportunity to put the tie to bed in the first leg. The west London club have excelled under new manager Thomas Tuchel. The had beaten Atlético Madrid Porto and Sevilla to get to this semi. The first leg was dominated by Chelsea

Madrid although shaky in the league are always a team that bring a rich pedigree to the competition. Madrid were looking to turn into a better performance than the one a week ago.

Chelsea take the lead

A tap in header from Timo Werner in the first half and a Mason Mount goal was enough to send Chelsea to their first Champions League final since they last won the competition in 2012. Werner, who missed a guilt-edged chance in the first leg, redeemed himself this time around after a superb chip from Havertz came off the crossbar and was set up perfectly for the former RB Leipzig striker to tap into an empty net.

Chelsea had several chances to put the game to bed early in the second half. A Havertz having a header come off the bar and missing a one-on-one.

N’golo Kante had another one-on-one which was saved by Courtois. Mount finally ended the tie after Kante’s pass found substitute Christian Pulisic. He picked out the England international to send Chelsea through to the final.

Real Madrid was second fiddle in the game. Benzema had the two of their best chances in the first half, which were saved brilliantly by Mendy.

It’s the second time in recent seasons that the Champions League Final has hosted an all English final. The other being Liverpool beating Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 at the Spanish capital.

Back-to-back finals to Thomas Tuchel

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German Head Coach Thomas Tuchel made history tonight. He became the first manager to reach back-to-back Champions League finals with two different clubs. Having taken PSG to the final last season.

On paper, Real Madrid looked to have been the favourites given their vast experience in the tournament in recent seasons, but on the pitch, it was Chelsea who was the dominant team throughout.

Since Tuchel came in, the blues have looked much more solid defensively. They are playing like a cohesive unit, both things which were criticized while Frank Lampard was in charge

They’ve kept 9 clean sheets in 10 league matches at home under Tuchel. They have carried that defensive steel in the Champions League. The team have only conceded 2 goals in the knockout stages on their way to the final.

A lot of credit has to be given to the German for the way he’s changed things at the West London club, and having already got Chelsea to the FA Cup Final, beating Manchester City in the semi-final in April, Tuchel will look to deliver their 9th FA cup and only their second Champions League triumph.

No third time lucky for Madrid

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Real Madrid failed to qualify for the Champions League Final for the third season in a row, having won successive European Cups between 2016 and 2018.

The thirteen-time champions were made to look distinctly average by Tuchel’s men and the once-dominant force in European football, now look a shadow of their former selves after a timid display against Chelsea

With Ronaldo leaving for Juventus in 2018 and Eden Hazard failing to shine since his move to the Spanish capital, the club has relied too much on their french talisman Karim Benzema. Having netted 28 goals in all competitions this season, the Madrid number 9 has certainly stepped up to the plate. But an over-reliance on his goals was quite evident during both legs of the semi-final.

Madrid looked slow, lethargic and often had little to no ideas on how to break Chelsea down. The current squad pales in comparison to the side which controlled European football and was a team to be feared by all those years ago.

The club is in a concerning amount of debt, and with the ESL proposal canned after only two days of the announcement, it will be quite a challenge for Zinedine Zidan to rebuild this Real Madrid team and get them back to dominating the Champions League once again.

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