Chelsea vs Real Madrid result: Blues to meet Man City in Champions League final


The Athletic 05 May, 2021 - 04:57pm 19 views

What time is the Champions League final?

When will it be played and where? The final is on May 29, 2021 at 3 p.m. ET from Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. This will be the second time the stadium has hosted a final, also hosting the 2005 edition when Liverpool came from behind to beat AC Milan in penalty kicks. CBSSports.comManchester City-Chelsea UEFA Champions League final: When is it, where will it be played, will there be fans?

When is Chelsea vs Real Madrid?

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Where Will Champions League Final be played?

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea will face Zack Steffen and Manchester City in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul, Turkey on May 29. U.S. SoccerAMERICAN FINAL: Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen Will Vie For UEFA Champions League Title

Has Chelsea won the Champions League?

In 2012, when Chelsea won its only Champions League to date, it survived wave after wave of pressure against Barcelona, somehow winning 3-2 on aggregate as Fernando Torres sealed the victory with a late goal on the counter at Camp Nou. Sports IllustratedChelsea, Eventually, Puts Real Madrid Away to Return to the Champions League Final

Chelsea have beaten Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate to set up an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City.

With the tie finely poised after a 1-1 draw in Madrid last week, Timo Werner and Mason Mount scored to seal a 2-0 win on the night which sends Chelsea through to this month’s final in Istanbul.

It is Chelsea’s first Champions League final since the 2011-12 season, when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties.

Chelsea started strongly and took an early lead when Werner nodded into an empty net from a yard out in the 28th minute, after Kai Havertz’s elegant chip over Thibaut Courtois had hit the crossbar.

Werner had seen a fine finish ruled out for offside only moments earlier.

Chelsea had numerous chances to add to their lead, with Havertz again hitting the crossbar with a header and Courtois later keeping out the German’s low shot with a brave stop.

In the end it was Mason Mount who made sure of Chelsea’s trip to Turkey, with the England international tapping in after a fine run from substitute Christian Pulisic.

Real Madrid created little, although Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had to produce a fine save to keep out Karim Benzema’s header.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said: “We can't forget the saves from Edouard Mendy in the first half. The second half we were clearly better and we had a few chances to score more goals — but we fought really hard.”

When asked about facing City in the final, he said: “We have played them lots of times but it's the Champions League final. We believe in ourselves, we know we have to work hard but we are ready for it.”

Chelsea manager Tuchel later added: “They deserve to win. First off it's difficult because Real had a lot of possession and they made us suffer, but then we were dangerous with counter-attacks and never lost the hunger, never lost their desire to defend.

“I'm very happy that we've achieved this. I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to live my life in football and this passion as a profession. I am so grateful to do it on this level and to get to another final, I'm very grateful for that.”

It’s huge. Victory in Istanbul would see Chelsea become only the fourth English club to win more than one European Cup. Liverpool have six titles (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019), Manchester United three (1968, 1999, 2008) and Nottingham Forest two (1979, 1980).

Manager Thomas Tuchel will meanwhile be hoping to add a European trophy to his honours list after he narrowly missed out last season when Paris Saint-Germain were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich.

This month’s match in Istanbul will be the first time two English sides have met in the final of the Champions League since Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in 2018-19.

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi helped Liverpool to forget their agonising defeat by Real Madrid from the previous season.

Chelsea were involved in the only other all-English Champions League final in 2007-08, which they lost on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow.

That match marked only the third time that two clubs from the same country had contested the final; the others being Real Madrid’s win over Valencia in 2000 and AC Milan’s victory over Juventus in 2003.

In total it will be the eighth Champions League final to feature two teams from the same association.

The Champions League final is scheduled to take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on May 29.

Chelsea will play Premier League rivals Manchester City, who on Tuesday night reached their first Champions League final as they overcame Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium to secure a commanding 4-1 victory over two legs.

Chelsea will meet Manchester City in a dress rehearsal when they travel to The Etihad in the Premier League on Saturday.

There are hopes Manchester City and Chelsea could be allocated 4,000 tickets each for the Champions League final in Istanbul.

The Athletic has been told detailed information will be announced about tickets on Friday.

COVID-19 restrictions in Turkey could yet make travelling to the final difficult or impossible for English fans, although The Athletic understands there is little chance UEFA will move the game from the city unless Turkey asks the governing body for that decision to be made.

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Tuchel epitomises Chelsea ethos in Champions League run: Win now because you may be gone tomorrow

ESPN 06 May, 2021 - 12:20am

LONDON -- Chelsea's ruthlessness has consumed many managers but Thomas Tuchel embraced it from day one, and that attitude has taken them to a Champions League final following a 2-0 win over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

He replaced Frank Lampard 99 days ago ostensibly to mould the expensively acquired parts of this squad into a cohesive team, and few could argue he hasn't done that now, extracting the best football seen from Kai Havertz in a Chelsea shirt while enabling N'Golo Kante and Jorginho to excel, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger to look reborn. Even Timo Werner scored.

Yet the key to this remarkable transformation has been Tuchel's poise and pragmatism in a job many before him have either misunderstood or believed they could change. This is not a criticism of Lampard, although given both his 13-year playing career at Stamford Bridge and the circumstances in which he took charge, he might reasonably have expected to have been spared the quick, undignified exit that was the fate of many predecessors.

Many have talked about building dynasties, bucking the trend by lasting more than a season or two, believing they could warm owner Roman Abramovich's cold heart and earn a prolonged stay in West London. Not Tuchel. Having been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain on Christmas Eve, the 47-year-old recognises there is precious little sentiment in the game. Yet he took the Chelsea job midseason, becoming the club's 13th manager of the Abramovich era, and admitted during his first week in charge that signing a relatively short 18-month contract held no fears.

"I want to be very honest with you: At first it was a concern. I was a little like, 'Oh, why 18 months?'" Tuchel said at the time. "And after one minute I thought, 'What does it change?' What does it change? If they give me 4½ years, they [could] sack me anyway.

"So where can I be sure that I'll be there for 4½ years? You cannot. That is the truth at this level. I decided not to worry too much, be brave enough to take on this adventure, because it was absolutely clear that I want to do it and I don't want to miss the chance."

The players have taken on board that message. It chimes perfectly with Chelsea in the Abramovich era: Win now because you might be gone tomorrow. And rather than fear that pressure, why not embrace the expectation?

Havertz and Werner are in many ways the personification of this transformation in approach.

At the end of a slick move involving Werner and Kante, who is surely back to the sort of level that puts him in the conversation of the best all-around midfielders in the world, Havertz lifted an impudent shot over Thibaut Courtois and onto the crossbar. Werner was there to nod the ball home from 2 yards out for the simplest yet biggest goal of his Chelsea career.

Karim Benzema twice tested Edouard Mendy in the first half, but Madrid were curiously passive in the second. Eden Hazard, making his return to Chelsea after leaving for Spain in July 2019, was peripheral throughout.

Instead, Chelsea ran riot, missing an almost farcical number of chances. Havertz hit the bar, Thiago Silva headed over, Mason Mount thrashed a shot off target from close range. Havertz missed a one-on-one before Werner played in Kante, who could only side-foot straight at Courtois.

Finally, the pressure told. Substitute Christian Pulisic showed patience and composure to pick out Mount from the byline and the England international turned the ball home to spark jubilant scenes.

Chelsea surely cannot be as profligate when facing Manchester City in the final on May 29 in Istanbul, Turkey, but that concern is for another day. For now, it is a moment to reflect on how far they have come.

Tuchel has presided over 24 games, registering 16 wins with 18 clean sheets, and will contest a major European showpiece two weeks after the FA Cup final. Somewhat remarkably, he becomes the third Chelsea manager to arrive midseason and guide them to a Champions League final in the same year.

Neither Roberto di Matteo nor Avram Grant possessed Tuchel's history, yet all three recognised the power of the present. Tuchel has found the right blend of giving a notoriously strong-willed squad sufficient freedom while applying enough discipline and tactical innovation to galvanise a group that had become somewhat ragged under Lampard.

"I felt it was an amazing club from the first day," said Tuchel, who has lived in temporary accommodation away from his family ever since arriving. "I felt huge support from day one. I am very grateful to be at the sideline of this team. The heads were never down, they always stayed positive and never regretted anything. The job is not done yet. We are in two finals now and the sacrifice I personally gave was worth it since day one."

Chelsea's summer recruits shine against Real Madrid

90min 06 May, 2021 - 12:20am

Frank Lampard splashed £222m on a plethora of players at Stamford Bridge last summer, yet the majority of the discourse around the club over the past few months has surrounded how well Thomas Tuchel has done since arriving - nothing to do with Lampard's glut of summer recruits.

The Blues headed into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Real Madrid as slight favourites given the away goal afforded to them by Christian Pulisic at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium last week.

However, Tuchel more than anyone would have known the importance of his side maintaining their composure against a Real side who've proven themselves to be up to the task on the big occasions in Europe's premier competition multiple times before.

To say they maintained their concentration would be an understatement.

Starting with the former, while we originally asked how many of Chelsea's summer recruits had actually improved their side, we're not naive enough to be unable to recognise that Mendy has been a severe upgrade on the error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga. That being said, many questions have been asked as to whether he's actually good enough to be their number one moving forward.

His display against Los Blancos proved he's more than up to the task, producing two sublime saves from Karim Benzema in the first half to retain his side's lead.

Next up is Chelsea's misfiring German duo.

Eyebrows were raised when Pulisic was dropped to the substitute's bench following his stellar performance in Madrid last week, with Havertz given the nod in the false nine position and Werner pushed out to the left.

But finally the misshapen pieces of the jigsaw came together.

Following some brilliant work from N'Golo Kante, Werner linked up nicely with Havertz and the former Bayern Leverkusen man chipped a sumptuous effort against the crossbar before Werner followed in to head home.

From then it was a completely different performance from the pair, with Havertz looking far more dominant leading the line and yet again finding himself desperately unlucky to be denied by the crossbar following a towering header.

We've picked out three of Chelsea's summer signings but in truth there were others who shone on the big stage, with Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva both impressing on the night.

There wasn't a bad performance from a player in Blue and Real simply had no answers for the questions Chelsea posed them.

Lampard may not have been able to get the best out of his influx of new arrivals in the summer, but Tuchel absolutely has and the Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29 is far from a procession for Pep Guardiola's men on this performance from the Blues.

Thiago Silva's Wife Has Changed Her Mind About Timo Werner

SPORTbible 05 May, 2021 - 05:27pm

Werner put Chelsea well on the way to a first Champions League final since 2012 on Wednesday night, opening the scoring vs Real Madrid in the first half.

It put the Blues 2-1 up on aggregate and leaving Zinedine Zidane's team needing a goal just to take things to extra time, something that looked unlikely considering Chelsea's dominance.

In truth the Premier League side should have come away from the Bernabeu last Tuesday with no doubt about their place in the final, such was their dominance for much of the first leg.

It was Werner's first half miss from four yards out that summed up their troubles in Spain, leading to Silva's wife Belle to take to Instagram and slam her husband's teammate.

However all is now forgiven! Following the German's 28th minute goal, Belle jumped back on social media, this time shouting "That's what I'm talking about. You know how to score a goal. You're the best, my friend!"

Much like in Madrid, Werner thought he was going to put Chelsea ahead early on, although this time he did put the ball in the back of the net.

The linesman had other ideas and waved his flag for the former RB Leipzig striker being in an offside position from Ben Chilwell's cross, after 18 minutes.

He only had to wait 10 minutes to break the deadlock though, he played a one-two with N'Golo Kante who then found Kai Havertz. The German forward chipped the ball over Thibaut Courtois and onto the bar, with Werner heading home the rebound.

Whilst Edouard Mendy did have to make a couple of good saves in the first half, after the break was pretty much all Chelsea.

Whilst the talk before kick off had been about Eden Hazard, it was fellow former Blues player Courtois who kept Real in it as long as they were, as well as some poor finishing from Chelsea, saving from Mason Mount and Havertz.

However the Belgian couldn't keep Thomas Tuchel's side out again and Mount wrapped things up in the 85th minute, converting after good work from N'Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic.

Wener better hope he scores against Manchester City in the final, or he'll have Belle Silva to answer to...

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