Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City after a superb 3-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid in the semi-final.
Simple finishes from the much-maligned Timo Werner and the excellent Mason Mount gave the Blues a comfortable 2-0 win on Wednesday evening and sent Thomas Tuchel’s team through to their third Champions League final.
Tuchel will be leading a team into the final for the second year running following his run in the competition last year with Paris Saint-Germain, but this time around he will be hoping to go one better and lift the trophy in Istanbul.
The German has only been in the Chelsea hot seat since January but has turned the fortunes of the Blues around and led them to a run of 16 wins in 24 matches and just two defeats in that time, including an astounding 18 clean sheets along the way.
However, some Chelsea fans have taken to social media to thank Tuchel’s predecessor Frank Lampard for the foundations he laid at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was named Blues manager during a difficult time for the club due to a transfer ban and the former manager used this as an opportunity to blood a number of youngsters, who have gone onto play key roles in Tuchel’s tenure.
None more so than one of the goalscorers on Wednesday evening, Mason Mount. The England international first played under Lampard on loan at Derby County before returning to the Blues and become a fixture in their midfield under both Lampard and Tuchel.
Lampard’s playing legacy at the Bridge was never in doubt after a trophy-laden 13 years but as a manager, he was never able to lead the club to silverware and was relieved of his duties in favour of Tuchel at the start of 2021.
The legacy he has left though is that of giving Chelsea’s young academy prospects the chance to establish themselves at the club.
In total, Lampard gave more than 12,000 minutes of game time to players under the age of 21 during his managerial spell.
Mount had never played Premier League football before Lampard’s arrival, Tammy Abraham had not started a league game for the Blues and Reece James became an England international under his watch.
Billy Gilmour was another who made his debut during the former manager’s reign and it seems the fans have remembered the impact Lampard has had on the youngsters at Stamford Bridge.
Source by Football London