His magnificent save from Benzema in the first half felt like a seminal moment with the Blues scoring just minutes later. Followed that up with another acrobatic denial of the Frenchman. They say he only keeps clean sheets because he does not face many shots – what say they now?
Chelsea booked their place in the Champions League final with an historic 2-0 (3-1 agg.) win over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The rampant Blues were excellent value for the win, playing the visitors off the pitch all game. That the win was only by a two goal margin is remarkable, as the home side enjoyed a plethora of chances on the big occasion.
The first came via Timo Werner, who held his nerve to head home in the 28th minute after his German teammate Kai Havertz had dinked a delightful effort off the crossbar.
Former Leverkusen man Havertz, Mason Mount and N’Golo Kanté all had a number of bites of the cherry at making the tie comfortable, but a combination of stubborn woodwork and an inspired Thibaut Courtois meant that cushion was not to come to fruition until the 84th minute.
As with the first goal, Kanté won the ball high up the field, sliding the ball through to substitute Christian Pulisic. The American stayed composed to find Mount in the centre, even when the chance looked gone. The Englishman ate it up, prodding home to seal the tie.