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Thomas Tuchel helped Chelsea defeat Spanish giants Real Madrid as a 2-0 victory in the second leg at Stamford Bridge helped Chelsea progress to the final. Tuchel tactically outclassed Zinedine Zidane as his team worked coherently both in and out of possession.
Chelsea started in a 3-4-3 formation with the aim of shutting central areas from being accessed by Real Madrid. Casemiro was given less time on the ball as the Chelsea midfielders prevented him from receiving the ball and on the few occasions he had the ball, he was quickly surrounded.
Real Madrid played with a back three and it proved to highlight a weakness on their part as Chelsea prevented them from building up through the middle as the front three of Timo Werner, Mason Mount, and Kai Havertz made sure that Real Madrid does not build through the middle.
As a result of Real Madrid being forced to build from the sides through Eder Militao and Nacho, who are both not great on the ball, Chelsea found it easy to intercept balls played into the central channels as Mount and Werner would then drop back to the midfield to create an overload. With around 5 or 6 Chelsea players congested in the midfield, they could easily intercept the ball and attack in transition.
In possession, Chelsea made sure they always had players surrounding the ball as they relied heavily on attacking transitions. Immediately Kante or Jorginho won the ball, Havertz was always in space and ready to receive the ball with Werner or Mount making a run behind him. Chelsea also looked to attract the Real Madrid defenders to come out of their positions so that their runners can have enough space to run into. Kante behind the Chelsea front three also meant that any loose ball was quickly picked up and an attack immediately started.
Real Madrid also did not make things easy on themselves as they were too lineal and this meant they had no players who could disrupt the Chelsea backline by making runs in behind. Modric and Kroos are very good passers on the ball but they are not known for making runs into the area. As a result of this, Real Madrid was very predictable as the only threat they had in the box was Karim Benzema, who mostly had his back to goal.