With five minutes remaining, Mason Mount fires Chelsea to the Champions League final!
N’Golo Kante is too much for the tired legs of Real Madrid, and once again wins back possession in the Spaniards’ half before quickly playing in a teammate.
It looks as though Christian Pulisic has wasted another opportunity, but the American recovers and then shows great composure in skipping away from Thibaut Courtois, biding his time, and picking out Mount in the middle.
Catching Eder Militao unawares, the England international darts in front of his marker to steer the ball into the top corner. Cue the celebrations in West London!
Christian Pulisic is on the bench as Eden Hazard starts for Real Madrid in tonight’s Champions League semi final second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel makes one change to the Chelsea side that started the first leg with goalscorer Pulisic dropped to the bench in favour of Kai Havertz; the incoming German netted twice in Saturday’s win over Fulham.
Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho were all rested for the the weekend’s West London derby but return this evening as Tuchel reverts to a 3-4-2-1 shape that has Mason Mount and Havertz operating behind Timo Werner.
Hazard, however, starts in attack alongside Karim Benzema and Vincius Junior, while other significant team news for Madrid sees captain Sergio Ramos start in defence.
It looks set to be a 4-3-3 formation from Zinedine Zidane’s side with Eder Militao partnering Ramos in central defence with Nacho Fernandez and Ferland Mendy as the two full backs.
It is the strongest possible line-up for Madrid who are without the injured central defender Raphael Varane, with a midfield trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Chelsea will prepare for the inclusion of captain Sergio Ramos in the Real Madrid’s starting line-up.
The Los Blancos could be boosted by the return of Ramos after he watched on from the stands in the first leg.
Ramos, who was doing individual ball work in training on Sunday, has been out for over a month with a calf problem.
He took part in full training on Monday and has travelled to London with Zidane’s squad, which would be a huge boost for the Spanish side.
Tuchel admits he expects Ramos to start the second leg but demanded his side don’t ‘lose our heads’ over his inclusion.
He added: “The main lesson is we can trust ourselves and have the right to be in the semi-finals.
“We should be self-confident, have absolutely no fear to face this challenge because we deserve to be there and can perform at that level again. This is the main lesson.
“Does Ramos play or not? This is a tough question because i don’t know if he’s fit or not. We’ll see after training and when they give the line-up.
“Does it change for Real Madrid? Yes it changes them a lot. He’s the captain of the most successful team in Europe in recent years.
“It changes a lot but we cannot lose our heads about this decision. I think that he will start, we will prepare for that and we have to make sure he can’t do it alone.”
Tuchel has insisted Chelsea will go for the jugular against Real Madrid on Wednesday night, despite having a vital away goal in their Champions League semi-final.
Christian Pulisic’s first-half strike in Madrid last week has the Blues in pole position and a home win or goalless draw will guarantee their progress to the final.
However, their first-leg advantage has led to debate over whether Tuchel will go for victory or try to defend their away goal and hope Real do not score one of their own.
But, speaking ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Tuchel insisted Chelsea will be going out to win the game and seal their place in the Istanbul final in emphatic style.
“For me the challenge is to forget the result in two-legged games and go on and start new at 0-0,’ the German said.
“We will clear prepare to win the match, nothing else. I don’t know any other way to prepare other than to encourage my team to go out and try to win it.
“If we are at our best then it’s a non-brainer that we go for the win. We want to win games, this club is about winning.
“This game and competition is about winning. We are in the semi-final second leg.
“The first result is not as important as everybody thinks. There is zero importance for me in the preparation of this match.
“It’s not changed anything about how we’ve prepared, zero influence. We will encourage them, we will demand from them and we will be strong tomorrow as a group and one club with one goal to overcome Real Madrid.
“This will only happen if we bring our best level to the pitch and the best level means we try to win it.”