Chelsea logically won against Real (2-0) and won their place in the Champions League final. The Blues will face City.
Manchester City qualified against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, who from Chelsea or Real Madrid to join Pep Guardiola’s men in the Champions League final? On the one hand, the prospect of a 100% English shock. On the other hand, the possibility of seeing the most successful club in the history of the competition take the top step …
During the first leg in the Spanish capital, Londoners and Madrilenians had parted in a 1-1 draw, which was the business of the Blues. For this return match on the lawn at Stamford Bridge, Zinédine Zidane had therefore chosen to take significant risks by establishing Sergio Ramos and Eden Hazard, not 100%.
An open first half rich in opportunities
And the Frenchman’s tactical choices were not the most successful. As on the first leg, Chelsea did not have any complexes against the Spanish Champion, and obtained many situations. From the 12th, Thibaut Courtois, former club, was put to contribution on a heavy strike from Antonio Rüdiger, well found by Jorginho. Six minutes later (18th), he was this time deceived by Timo Werner, but the German striker’s goal was ultimately refused for an offside position. Double alert on the Madrid goal.
But Real Madrid were not to be outdone offensively, obtaining good situations by their star striker Karim Benzema, twice disgusted (26th, 36th) by beautiful parades from Edouard Mendy. But at the break, it was the Blues, already qualified at kickoff, who returned to the locker room with the advantage in the score. Inspired, Kai Havertz had made the choice to prick his ball to deceive the vigilance of Courtois, but his magnificent attempt had failed on the crossbar … before returning to Timo Werner, scorer of the head (28th).
The Blues gain confidence, Real without reaction
The math was simple: Real Madrid would have to score twice to hope to qualify other than on penalties. Confident and at ease in this favorable situation, the Blues then gained the upper hand over the minutes during the second act. Without however succeeding in concretizing and pushing the Spaniards …
First, it was Kai Havertz, decidedly unhappy, who hit the bar again (47th), before falling on a concentrated Thibaut Courtois during a face to face (59th). Taking advantage of the spaces left by Madrid, N’Golo Kanté also tried, but wasted a huge scoring opportunity (65th). Very clear opportunities for the locals, who were rewarded at the end of the match. In the 85th, Mason Mount took advantage of a perfect serve from Christian Pulisic to extinguish the last hopes of Real. On May 29, in Istanbul, the 2021 Champions League final will therefore give birth to an incredible 100% English poster. One more. This promises a great party on the other side of the Channel!