Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final with Manchester City after beating Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the semi-final second leg, going through 3-1 on aggregate.
Timo Werner put Chelsea ahead (28), nodding into the empty net from under the crossbar after Kai Havertz’s chip had hit the woodwork, before Real rode their luck as the hosts missed four big chances to double their lead in the opening 20 minutes of the second period.
The hosts finally got their second to kill off the tie with five minutes remaining as Mason Mount stuck home substitute Christian Pulisic’s centre at close range, capping off a fine display and marking an extraordinary turnaround at the club since Thomas Tuchel joined in January.
Chelsea will now play in their third Champions League final (2008 and 2012) in Istanbul on Saturday May 29, and have set up just the third all-English Champions League final after 2008 (Man Utd-Chelsea) and 2019 (Liverpool-Tottenham) as Manchester City look to complete a treble.
Chelsea targeted the right side of Real’s defence; Mount’s cross-shot forced a save from Thibaut Courtois, another former Blues player, while Werner converted at close-range from Ben Chilwell’s centre, only to be flagged offside. Only Jamie Vardy has been offside more times than Werner (36) for a Premier League side in all competitions this term.
After Edouard Mendy brilliantly kept Karim Benzema’s goalbound, curling effort out with a fingertip save, Chelsea were soon celebrating the opener.
Werner was involved in starting the move, holding up the ball well in a brilliant one-two with N’Golo Kante, who picked out Havertz in the box. Havertz’s chip lifted over Courtois and hit the crossbar, but fell to Werner, who was in the right place at the right time to simply nod the ball over the line.
The hit-and-miss nature of Werner’s debut season in England was epitomised just minutes later as Chelsea broke with men over, the Germany international picking the wrong pass, before Mendy had to be at his best again to tip over a Benzema header from Luka Modric’s cross.
Forty-five minutes from a Champions League final, Chelsea just needed to keep another clean sheet, something they had become specialists at doing under Tuchel, registering 18 in his 24 games in charge.
But they came out looking to blow Real out in the second half with an attacking blitz.