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Gary Lineker reacts to ‘supreme’ Chelsea reaching Champions League final and hails Tuchel

Chelsea: Tuchel says Mount Mason is 'full package'

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Chelsea put in a “supreme performance” against Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final, according to Gary Lineker. Chelsea beat Real 2-0 on the night at Stamford Bridge, 3-1 on aggregate, thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount. Thomas Tuchel’s side should have wrapped the tie up much earlier than they did but for some wasteful finishing in front of goal.

Werner gave the Blues the lead in the first half but it wasn’t until the 85th minute when they put the game to bed.

Real struggled to create many opportunities of note, especially in the second half.

Tuchel has led Chelsea to a second final despite only replacing Frank Lampard in January.

And Lineker has hailed the German’s job as “extraordinary” after setting up the showpiece clash against Manchester City in Istanbul later this month.

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“Chelsea have done it and they’ve done it in style,” Lineker said on BT Sport.

“It’s an all-English Champions League final for the second time in three years. Chelsea will face Manchester City on May 29.

“What an achievement for this young side and their manager of just a few months, Thomas Tuchel, has done an extraordinary job.

“For Real Madrid it was an awful night, seldom has this giant performed so poorly in this competition that they’ve so often dominated.

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“But Chelsea won’t mind about that, it was a supreme performance from Thomas Tuchel’s team.”

Mount admitted the match should have been sealed earlier than it was but was almost left speechless when speaking to the media.

“I can’t put it into words, really, at the moment,” Mount said.

“But it was a great performance tonight, it was a tough, tough game.

“You know what they’re like, they’re going to come and they’re going to give it everything. I thought we were brilliant, we worked hard.

“We probably should have had about five. I should have had one about 20 minutes before I scored.

“The most important thing is that we won tonight. But it’s not over, there’s one more game left.

“It was 1-0 but it didn’t really matter because if they scored, they’re back in the game and we’re going to extra-time.

“To get that one late on, you can see by the celebrations, it was a massive goal for us and it gave us breathing space in the last five minutes.”

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