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Christophe Discount

Updated 05/06/2021 at 12:02 am –
Posted on 05/05/2021 11:45 PM

Discover the tops and flops after Chelsea’s victory and qualification against Real on Wednesday, in C1.

Kanté, again We could name almost all Chelsea players, as the victory is collective this Wednesday (see elsewhere). Thiago Silva was tall, his partner behind Antonio Rudiger too, Timo Werner and Mason Mount scored, he only missed one goal in Kai Havertz … But we will remember the man with three lungs, Mr. N’Golo Kanté. As on the first leg, the world champion reigned supreme in the middle. Tireless and inspired in his projections. It was one of their four interceptions that Chelsea made the break. 45 balls touched, not huge, but the last three passes before a shot. A small flat, with this face-to-face missed at 1-0. He’s not the only Londoner to lack skill in front of goal …

Tuchel, the perfect shot Thomas Tuchel returns to the final. A year after his defeat against Bayern at the head of PSG, the German coach will challenge Manchester City on May 29 in Istanbul. In not even six months, he transfigured the Blues. An impressive job. This Wednesday, we saw everything from Tuchel’s Chelsea, suffocating, which projects quickly and well, fair and clean. All that was needed was more efficiency in front of goal for the score to be perfect. His victory.

1 – Thomas Tuchel is the first coach in history to reach the C1 final two consecutive years with 2 different clubs. Leo?

What a journey… From Cherbourg to the OM reserve, through periods of unemployment before winning in Reims and changing gear in Rennes, Edouard Mendy is now in the Champions League final, excuse the little. And the Senegalese international goalkeeper has his part in Chelsea’s success on Wednesday and in the club’s performance this season in fact. Admittedly, the Blues outrageously dominated Real (2-0), there was no picture. But Karim Benzema could have scored this small goal that would have changed everything. The Frenchman tried it twice, right from the entrance to the penalty area and a header near the goal. Twice, he fell on a great Mendy (26th, 64th).

Ramos, retired captain Back in the lineup after missing the first leg, Sergio Ramos clearly did not show his best face. Warned in the first half, the 35-year-old Spain international appeared lacking in rhythm and unable to stop Chelsea’s attack. His comrades from the line of three behind, Eder Militao and Nacho, did not help him much it is true … Note that the former Sevilla, also free at the end of the season, played this Wednesday only his fifth game in 2021. The future will tell if it was his last in the European Cup at Real Madrid.

The ghost of Eden HazardSurprise in Zinedine Zidane’s eleven with Eden Hazard, in support of Benzema in a 3-4-3. At least, the Belgium international, so often injured this season, was on the scoresheet. Because we haven’t seen him on the meadow he knows by heart at Stamford Bridge. To absent subscribers. He remembered to everyone’s fond memories only at the hour of the game, with a close-angle strike, before giving way to former Lyonnais Mariano Diaz (89th). 52 balloons hit, one shot. Note that his hugs with his former Chelsea partners, after the final whistle, were not very popular in Spain, in the media and on social networks. It must be said that Hazard annoys more than he seduces.

Breathless Real Madrid (and Zidane) Not spared by glitches and possibly late in the cycle as well, Real Madrid have never seemed to be in the game against the dynamic Chelsea side. The Merengues have grown old as we have watched them play against the Blues. Some players are at the end of the line. Zinedine Zidane tried things, with the defense three, the returns of Ramos and Hazard, Ferland Mendy and Vinicius in piston… Choices that did not pay off. His last European match at Real? Perhaps. Some sources refer him to the head of Juventus.