Chelsea have set up an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City after trouncing Real Madrid 2 goals to nil.
Goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount were enough to silence Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge, thereby sealing a 3-1 aggregate victory over the 13-time European Champions.
Madrid looked disorganized in all departments as the hosts dominated the proceedings with classic passes, reducing their counterpart to mere spectators in the pitch.
The Blues should have ran out far more convincing winners as they toyed with the tired visitors in the second half.
However, Werner’s cushioned header into an empty net on 28 minutes after Kai Havertz’s initial effort came back off the crossbar and Mount’s tap-in five minutes from time were enough to seal their place in Istanbul on May 29.
Backed by Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s $306 million spending spree last summer has been rewarded with a first Champions League final since they lifted the trophy for the only time in 2012.
A return to the biggest game in club football is also the culmination of a huge turnaround in Chelsea’s fortunes since Thomas Tuchel replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January.
Chelsea and Manchester City will battle it out in the Champions League final as City reached the prestige continental show-piece final for the first time after beating PSG, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Paris St Germain at the Etihad Stadium that secured a 4-1 aggregate win.
This year’s UEFA Champions League’s results signal an end of era of Spanish clubs’ dominance in European competitions.
On the European scene, Spain is one of the major players. The Spanish League, La Liga, has been arguably one of the best in the world as of late, and Spanish clubs have dominated European competitions while also producing some of the most talented players.
However, this current UEFA Champions League season paints a very different picture.
As we just witnessed in the first leg of each Round of 16 match, three of the four Spanish teams in the tournament lost their first leg.