UCL Wrap: Tuchel 'Absolutely Delighted', Pressure on Zidane

UCL Wrap: Tuchel 'Absolutely Delighted', Pressure on Zidane Photo: TT
Chelsea's Mason Mount, left, celebrates with his teammate Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring his side's second goal, during the Champions League semifinal 2nd leg soccer match between Chelsea and Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have knocked out Real Madrid and qualified for an all-English UEFA Champions League final after a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

After having a goal disallowed for offside, Timo Werner headed home in the 28th minute when Kai Havertz’s initial shot hit the crossbar.

Mason Mount sealed the deal with an 85th minute strike, meaning Chelsea will face Manchester City in the final in Istanbul.

Real applied some pressure in the second half, needing two goals to take the lead in the tie after the 1-1 first leg draw in Madrid.

“Any chance that you dont take and you miss, you know you play on the edge because Real Madrid can hurt you any second out of absolutely nothing, by pure individual quality,” Tuchel said.

“So to hang in there, to continue with positive body language, to hang in there physically and with the mental attitude like today, to stay active, to never stop trying to play for the second goal, never allowing Real Madrid to push us deep and create chances, this is really huge.

“I am absolutely delighted with this spirit and big credit and big congratulations to the team.”

The success is major for Tuchel who took over earlier this season from Frank Lampard but it mounts pressure on Real boss Zinedine Zidane.

Los Blancos are in title contention in La Liga, currently sitting in second spot two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with four games to go, meaning they may miss out on silverware this term.

“It’s been a year with lots of injuries, ups and downs, all sorts of things,” Zidane said. “Thats the way it is. Even so, weve done good things in this Champions League campaign to get this far, we deserved that and we were just one step away from the final, a single game.

“We have to congratulate the team who were better today. That doesnt change what weve achieved. Now we have to rest up and think about the last four league games.”

Ben somerford
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