Chelsea will meet Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29 after goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount secured them a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge to seal the tie 3-1 on aggregate.
Christian Pulisic’s away goal in the 1-1 first-leg draw in Madrid gave Chelsea the advantage heading into the second leg, and Werner’s first-half header put them on course to a second European Cup final in two years for Thomas Tuchel, whose PSG were beaten by Bayern Munich last season.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real could not deal with Chelsea’s quick counter-attacking, and the only reason the Spanish giants were not humiliated in west London was the astonishing amount of second-half chances the Blues missed.
But Mount made sure of the win with a goal late in the second half.
Tuchel was tasked by Roman Abramovich with delivering silverware immediately after replacing Frank Lampard – and though few gave him a realistic chance when he arrived, the German coach is now one game away from the ultimate prize in European club football.
Werner thought he had given Chelsea the lead early on after tucking home a Ben Chilwell cross from the left flank, but the offside flag went up – and replays showed the German forward had no need to be off.
Thankfully for Chelsea, Edouard Mendy was in superb form as he made a world-class save to deny Karim Benzema by tipping wide a 20-yard fizzing effort.