Chelsea defeated Real Madrid 2-0 in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday evening to seal a place in the final against Manchester City.
Chelsea booked their place in the final of the UEFA Champions League with an impressive 2-0 win over Spanish giants Real Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final showdown at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
Goals either side of the half-time interval from Timo Werner and Mason Mount were enough to get the job done for Thomas Tuchel’s side, meaning they will now face Manchester City in Istanbul later this month in the battle to become champions of Europe. Although a 2-0 win was enough to secure a 3-1 aggregate victory for the Blues, who face City in the Premier League this weekend, it should have been far more convincing, with a whole host of chances in the second half being wasted, most notably from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, who was superb in the engine room, and Kai Havertz.
With chances being squandered and Madrid only requiring one goal to force the contest to extra time with the scoreline at 1-0, substitute Christian Pulisic, who caused no shortage of problems after stepping off the bench, picked out Mount in the middle, who had the simple task of sweeping the ball home.
The full-time whistle followed just a few minutes later and incredible scenes, certainly for one side, followed, as Tuchel, his coaching staff and his players celebrated a remarkable achievement.
In amongst the Blues players celebrating, there was, of course, Madrid players on their knees, reflecting on what could have been for them.
But whilst the majority of the squad cut unhappy, dejected figures, just as you would expect following a semi-final defeat in the Champions League, former Blues star Eden Hazard, who failed to light up the show on his return to west London, seemed to have the complete opposite feeling running through his veins.
If anything, he seemed delighted that his former club had reached their first Champions League final since 2012, laughing and joking on the Stamford Bridge turf.
He was captured by the BT Sport cameras sharing a joke and smiling with Blues centre-back Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who had produced a string of fine saves in the first half prior to Werner’s opener to keep the scores level at 0-0. Considering Hazard and his Madrid teammates had just seen their hopes of winning a 14th European Cup crown shattered, it was a very surprising figure for the Belgian to be cutting, almost as though he was delighted that Chelsea had progressed to the final to face City.
However, to caveat that, it is important to remember that Hazard did enjoy many happy years in west London and will have many special memories close to his heart, as well as friendships.
But it certainly appears as though his return to Stamford Bridge, though he may not look back on with fondness from a Madrid perspective, allowed him the chance to catch up with old friends.