Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul after convincingly overcoming a fading Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.
On a night of high tension, even behind closed doors, Chelsea fully deserved a victory that sets up an all-English final against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders on 29 May.
Thomas Tuchel’s hosts were grateful to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for two fine first-half saves from Karim Benzema but they were able to build on the 1-1 draw they achieved in Madrid when Timo Werner headed in from almost on the goal-line in the 28th minute after Kai Havertz had lofted a finish on to the bar.
It set the platform for a second half of total Chelsea domination that was nevertheless laced with anxiety as the hosts missed chance after chance to put the game to bed.
Real’s former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved from N’golo Kante and Havertz, who also headed against the bar, while Mason Mount shot wildly over the top when clean through.
It was Mount, though, who finally sealed Chelsea’s place in their first Champions League final since they won the competition in 2012.
The outstanding Kante, who was also instrumental in the opening goal, fed substitute Christian Pulisic and his cross was turned in by Mount with five minutes left.
It adds another chapter to the remarkable transformation under Tuchel since he succeeded the sacked Frank Lampard in January – and gives him the chance to make amends for the 2020 Champions League final, when his Paris St-Germain side lost to Bayern Munich.
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Match ends, Chelsea 2, Real Madrid 0.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Real Madrid 0.
Offside, Real Madrid. Eder Militão tries a through ball, but Mariano is caught offside.
Substitution, Chelsea. Olivier Giroud replaces Kai Havertz.
Attempt missed. Reece James (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kai Havertz.
Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Federico Valverde (Real Madrid).
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Real Madrid. Mariano replaces Eden Hazard.
Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
Thiago Silva (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech replaces Mason Mount.
Substitution, Chelsea. Reece James replaces César Azpilicueta.
Mason Mount (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Eder Militão (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Goal! Chelsea 2, Real Madrid 0. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.
Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.