#UCL: How Tuchel’s Chelsea Wrecked Madrid To Set Up All English Final


Chelsea, coached by tactical Thomas Tuchel set up an all-English Champions League final with Manchester City after decoupling the Spanish giants, Real Madrid by walloping them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the semi-final second leg of the Europe’s elite competition.

The Londoners progressed to the final on 3-1 aggregate, having played 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu with Madrid, the 13th-time record holders of the Champions league title last week.

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Timo Werner put Chelsea ahead (28), nodding into the empty net from under the crossbar after Kai Havertz’s chip had hit the woodwork. The scoreline would have been more devastating as the hosts missed four big chances to double their lead in the opening 20 minutes of the second period.

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Chelsea 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.

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The final in Istanbul will be the second all-English Champions League final in three seasons.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.


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