The dream back to the holy grail is almost near. With all the haters and doubters, the Blues were able to outshine Los Merengues for a second time and hand them a merciful 2-0 win. After many wasted opportunities from the home side, Madrid wasn’t able to capitalise with their possession, particularly in the first half. Tuchel’s mindset was to hold off their penetration and defend in zones so as to frustrate Zidane’s men. Édouard Mendy made some huge saves in the opening period to keep the Blues from conceding early. Midway in the first half, a breakaway gave Chelsea a further cushion to their aggregate lead after a move started by Kanté resulted in a goal scored by Werner following Havertz’ effort hit the bar. The return of Eden Hazard felt bittersweet with many fans dreading him making a huge impact for Los Blancos but fortunately it never came as Madrid was no match for our hard-nosed defending and our relentless counter-pressing. For the first time since 2012, Chelsea will return to the finals of the Champions League! This will be the third time in club history that Chelsea has made the final and it will be against a strong opponent in Manchester City. Our fellow writers from the Chelsea Social give their takes regarding the Chelsea v Real Madrid match.
Chelsea v Real Madrid: Quick Recap
For the first 25 minutes Tuchel’s side denied Madrid any type of space although Los Blancos were quite good at holding possession and forcing the Blues to move around the wide areas of the pitch. Chelsea’s midfield block allowed Zidane’s team to have strong possession but no ability to cut through the lanes. Some hefty shots from the renowned striker Karim Benzema tested our keeper Édouard Mendy who made some huge acrobatic saves. Despite their long-shot efforts, Real Madrid never really cemented control of the match given our press which forced them to make silly mistakes, particularly in midfield. Then, in the 28th minute, a wonderful key pass from Andreas Christensen helped N’golo Kante turn out of tight pressure and linked up with Timo Werner and then relayed a pass to Timo Kai Havertz who tried an audacious chip shot which hit the top of the goal post but fortunately it fell to Timo Werner who leaped gracefully to head it in the net.
In the second half, the Blues continued to dominate proceeding and conjure up more chances, but similar to how there season has unfolded, they couldn’t quite convert on these glorious chances. The shining light was N’golo Kanté who’s world-class defensive attributes caused havoc all night for the Spanish side and Real Madrid found it burdensome to try and contain him and create opportunities themselves. Eventually, after a host of chances missed by Chelsea, superhuman Kanté won the ball yet again deep in Madrid’s half and helped create the late second goal after dispossessing Nacho and feeding substitute Christian Pulisic who in turn was able to find the indefatigable Mason Mount to score the all-important second goal for the Blues. Chelsea continued to be threatening on the counter but their poor decision-making in the final third squandered their chances to increase their comfortable lead. After several midfield battles, Chelsea withheld Real Madrid in stoppable time and the whole team broke out in celebration.
Our fellow writers from The Chelsea Social share their reactions regarding the Chelsea v Real Madrid clash which saw our return to the UCL Final!
LET’S GOOOOOOOOOO! Although he missed that chance, Kante was the MOTM for me. But overall, everyone was class. I was a bit unsure before the game mainly because I am not the biggest fan of Azpilicueta at right-wing back, but still, man I love this football club! Further, it was great to see Timo score to after his lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. Up the Chels!
Chelsea Football Club is in the Champions League final. Let that sink in for a moment. I could go into detail over specifics of missed chances, but, quite frankly, I could not care one bit given the end result. For the first time in nearly a decade, we will watch Chelsea have 90 minutes to become champions of Europe. I couldn’t be happier with the team, the manager, and the fans – this victory was for all of us, the only slight shame that nobody was there at the Bridge to witness the incredible performance. I’ve said this after each and every Champions League game this season, each time for loudly than the previous one, but now I say it more confident than ever – Chelsea is going to win the Champions League!
GETTT INNNNNNN!!!! Emotions are out of this world! For what feels like beyond belief, Chelsea will return to the Champions League Final! I can’t express how happy I am for this club and for the fellow Chelsea fans. It feels so good to outclass Real Madrid especially after the Spanish media labelled us as scared. It did feel bittersweet to see Eden Hazard on the losing side, but his reaction at the end of the match shows how much he cares for us and his old teammates. We definitely could’ve closed out the game earlier if we took our chances but nevertheless we got the win! Timo and Kai were brilliant and constantly were involved in attacks. N’Golo was exceptional tonight and made his mark against Madrid’s esteemed midfield. Now to close it out and hopefully lift up the holy grail for the second time in our history! COME ON YOU BLUES!
Chelsea v Real Madrid – what a match to remember for us Blues! Welcoming the most illustrious club in Europe to Stamford Bridge in a second leg of a semi-final was always going to be special. As I noted in my preview, I was particularly excited to see how we would approach the game and hoped we adopted the mantra: ‘Respect all. Fear no one’.
While Los Blancos came out with a bit of purpose and looked to move the ball around nicely, Tuchel’s men continued to demonstrate the concentration and composure at the back that now has become a part of their fabric. In other words, we continue to show the footballing community that we are a difficult team to score against. Crucial to that is our fantastic back three and Mendy in goal who was simply brilliant. Ed made a few clutch saves in the first half from Benzema when the game was evenly poised and that no doubt would’ve inspired his team mates to ensure his efforts wouldn’t go to waste.
But, the real credit goes to the men in the middle and those up front. Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz linked up superbly and were causing real threats to the Madrid defence. On another day, the score line might have been a bit more favourable to the Blues as they truly and utterly dominated Zidane’s men. Special praise goes to one man however, the indefatigable, the humble and hard-working champion, N’Golo Kante. He was simply sensational and again showed he is a world class talent.
Now, we’ve made it. We are 90 or so minutes away from being crowned Champions of Europe yet again. Before we get emotionally invested into thinking about that mammoth clash, I’m going to take some time to savour this special victory. Until then, up the mighty Blues!
Written by Rey, Lewis, Noah and RJ
Edited by Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)
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