Just after one season interval, it will be another all-English UCL final. Last time it was Liverpool vs Tottenham in 2018-19 season final, this time it’s Chelsea vs Manchester City in 2020-21!
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in an all-English UCL final on 29 May after handsomely beating Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate.
Chelsea with goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount in the 2nd Leg , set up a Champions League final showdown with Manchester City as they outplayed Real Madrid to win 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate triumph at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Thomas Tuchel continues his fairytale start as a Chelsea manager after leading the London club into the Champions League final against Manchester City.
When he took over from Lampard, who was dismissed in the mid season, Chelsea was nowhere in the Premier League. Perhaps, the UCL Final was out not even in their dream. But what a turnaround by Tuchel and his side!
The final in Istanbul will be the second all-English Champions League final in three seasons and gives Tuchel, who has transformed Chelsea since replacing Frank Lampard in January, the chance to make up for last season when his Paris St Germain side lost to Bayern Munich.
Werner put them in control when he scored one of the easiest goals of his career in the 28th minute and then Mount’s close-range finish in the 86th minute sealed the win for Chelsea.
“I’m very, very happy that we’ve achieved this,” Tuchel said. “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to live my life in football. To have this passion as a profession.
“I’m more than grateful and to do it on this level. I’m very thankful. We need to wait and see — hopefully we arrive in Istanbul with a good squad, in a good moment with a good atmosphere. It’s not done yet — we want to go all the way, and that means we will arrive in Istanbul to win.”
Werner, whose improvement under Tuchel epitomizes the impact the coach has had, said the team is brimming with belief.
“What we did today was incredible,” Werner, whose first-half goal gave Chelsea control, said. “The rhythm was unbelievable against a team with world-class players in every position.
“We are young but we are not stupid and don’t make easy mistakes. We were very, very good today.”