News : Champions League – Werner and Mount bring Chelsea to the final – Sport
“Abstauber” Timo Werner led Chelsea FC and team manager Thomas Tuchel to the Champions League final. The strong Blues stormed into the final in Istanbul with a well-deserved 2-0 (1-0) against record winners Real Madrid, where they will fight for Europe’s football crown on May 29 in an English duel with Manchester City and Pep Guardiola.
The repeatedly criticized and sometimes ridiculed Werner (28th) headed and Mason Mount (85th) scored the goals of the hosts, in which the two other national players Kai Havertz and Antonio Rüdiger showed a strong game. The semi-final first leg in Madrid had ended 1-1. Toni Kroos’ royal team missed the first final since 2018.
Tuchel, on the other hand, reaches for the handle pot like last year – and can thus dream of the first international title of his coaching career. Last August, the former BVB coach with Paris St. Germain failed in Lisbon at the German record champions Bayern Munich. The London national team trio and city professional Ilkay Gündogan are also fighting for their first triumph in the premier class in Turkey. In addition, the men’s and women’s teams of a club have the chance to win the title in Europe’s most important club competition for the first time in one year.
The starting position before the duel at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening was clear: Real had to score at least one goal in order to advance. With returning Sergio Ramos in the starting line-up, the guests initially had a slight field advantage. Numerous passes initially tore no gaps in the Chelsea defense, Kroos’ attempt from a distance (11th) was harmless. The same applied to the conclusion of Rüdiger, who also tried it from a distance on the other side (12th).
The Londoners, who had given the best chances in the first leg through Werner among others, kept Real away from their own goal with a lot of leg work and waited for mistakes. Havertz, double packer in the Premier League during the week, convinced with clever passes and strong duel behavior. If Real became dangerous, it was through Karim Benzema. The French forced Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy to do a brilliant act with a finish from 17 meters (18th). A few minutes later Havertz put a lifter on the crossbar on the other side, Werner was the only one to stay awake and dusted off the ricochet with his head.
The guests of coach Zinedine Zidane did not know what to do with their possession, even long balls rarely found their target. Mendy cleared a cross on Benzema (35th) for a corner. Chelsea, on the other hand, did not play their counter attacks and chances well for a long time. The conspicuous Havertz only hit the crossbar (47th), Mount (53rd), again Havertz (59th) and N’Golo Kante (66th) gave more high-profile opportunities against the sometimes completely disoriented Real defense. The royals could continue to hope.