Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea qualified for the Champions League final, winning their Champions League semi-final 2-0 against Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid. Both goals were scored by Timo Werner and Mason Mount. The Blues will face Manchester City, PSG striker.
The story is teasing. In the aftermath of the elimination of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, his former coach Thomas Tuchel and his ex-captain Thiago Silva reached the final for the second time in a row. Chelsea qualified on Wednesday night, eliminating Real Madrid with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. On the whole of the confrontation in this semi-final, the Blues prevail 3-1. They will therefore face Manchester City on May 29.
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This qualification for the final rewards the incredible transformation of Chelsea since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in January. Sacked from PSG on Christmas Eve, the German quickly rebounded by taking over from Frank Lampard. His English counterpart had left a London team in dying form, with games without control and (young) players insufficiently reliable.
Cascade of wasted opportunities
Four months later, Real Madrid suffered the law of a team which, failing to be spectacular, does not let anything go in defense and knows how to control the meeting (failing to be flashy in its opportunities). This second round changed after half an hour of play. Thanks to yet another excellent work from the French world champion N’Golo Kanté and a sharp shot from Kai Havertz pushed back by the bar, Timo Werner was able to show perfectly opportunistic to open the scoring (28th). Frustrated by a goal disallowed for offside in the 18th minute, the usual clumsy was finally able to be decisive, unlike last week.
Still, the recruitment of a born goalscorer would not be too much for Chelsea next season, given the cascade of wasted net opportunities. With Mason Mount (45th, 54th), Kai Havertz (47th, 58th, 77th), N’Golo Kanté (66th) or even Christian Pulisic (81st), the Blues had plenty to do to plant a second goal, destroy everything hope of extension and secure qualification.
Mendy disgusted Benzema
Because faced with a team coached by Zinedine Zidane, whose management qualities in major meetings are no longer to be demonstrated, and led by Karim Benzema, the threat of a surprise goal still exists. The French striker has also almost replayed the same bad trick as on the first leg. But this time, Édouard Mendy intervened brilliantly twice (26th, 36th). Two world-class parades, which confirm the new dimension of the former Rennes goalkeeper.
Fortunately for Chelsea, who compensated for their ineffectiveness by a rigorous defensive placement, ended up composting the ticket thanks to a goal from Mason Mount (85th) on an action that almost failed. Also, Real Madrid arguably lacked a solid second man to accompany Karim Benzema. Back from injury, Eden Hazard, against his former club, again delivered an average performance.
Before meeting in Istanbul for what will be the third 100% English final in the history of the competition, Chelsea and Manchester City will meet in the league this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium (6.30 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). It will perhaps be a day of celebration for the men of Pep Guardiola, who can be crowned at the end of this 35th day.