Chelsea continue to dominate under Tuchel, setting up an all English European final whilst cementing their place in the top four.
Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid:
Heading into the week, Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea had everything to play for as they looked to secure their third ever Champions League final. Standing in their way was the competitions most successful ever team - Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.
The Blues managed to pick up a commendable 1-1 draw at Madrid just the week before, which put them in a fantastic position to overcome the Spanish giants at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
In true Tuchel style, Chelsea continued their hot streak under the German by defeating Real Madrid 2-0, with goals coming from striker Timo Werner and home-grown talent Mason Mount.
The victory ensured that Chelsea will take on Manchester City on May 29th in the highly anticipated Champions League final. Across Europe, three out of the four finalists are English clubs. Arsenal were the only Premier League club to fall at the final hurdle, as their 0-0 draw with Villareal saw them crash out of the Europa League.
Despite the final being scheduled to take place in Istanbul, the UK’s travel restrictions have seen Turkey moved into the ‘red’ list – meaning fans and tourists cannot travel to the nation under any circumstances.
Since the breaking of the news, there has been talk that the final may be moved to the UK – with Wembley Stadium being the most likely target.
Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea:
However, despite the excitement ahead of May’s final, Tuchel’s Blues had to focus their attention on Saturday’s game – where Chelsea took on Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Although the game was a sneak preview of the scheduled Champions League final, the game also held importance as a City win would allow for the Manchester club to clinch this seasons Premier League title.
Chelsea was also desperate to taste victory. Having beaten Manchester City at Wembley last month, the Blues were focused on clinching all three points and cementing their place in the Premier League’s top four.
Despite trailing 1-0 at half-time, Chelsea pulled off a memorable comeback and secured all three points in the dying seconds as Marcos Alonso launched Chelsea ahead of Leicester and into third.
The Citizens will be disappointed to have lost back-to-back games against the London club, especially given the fact that Sergio Agüero had missed a penalty at half time to double the hosts lead.
A look ahead:
In addition to their Champions League final, Chelsea are also in action next week in the FA Cup final – taking on Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester at Wembley. Before then, the Blues face off against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).