Nine months later, Thomas Tuchel will therefore enjoy a Champions League final.
But it will not be with PSG eliminated Tuesday night by Manchester City.
Dismissed by the capital club at the end of December, the German coach of Chelsea enjoys a sweet revenge.
This Wednesday evening, he led the London formation to its third C1 final.
After a positive result in the first leg (1-1), the Blues proved to be solid by winning against Real Madrid (2-0), yet already winner of the competition 13 times, a record.
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In a pleasant meeting, Chelsea made the difference thanks to their German attack.
Timo Werner, unhappy on the first leg, opened the scoring with a header into the empty goal after a strike from his compatriot Kai Havertz on the crossbar of Thibaut Courtois (28th).
Opposite, the Madrilenians lack success.
Karim Benzema, 4th top scorer in the history of the Champions League (71 goals), falls on an Edouard Mendy in a state of grace.
The former goalkeeper of Reims and Rennes intervenes brilliantly on a strike at 20 m (26th), then on a header (36th) from the French striker.
After the break, a header from Kai Havertz found the crossbar (49th), then Ngolo Kanté missed his duel against Courtois (66th).
Mount, him, does not miss the target 86th) to achieve a definitive break.
A Chelsea-City from this Saturday in the Premier League
After this new qualification, the supporters of the Blues will perhaps consider erecting a statue to Thomas Tuchel. Arrived at the end of January, the German coach has a trajectory similar to that of the Italian coach Roberto Matteo who won the C1 with Chelsea in 2012 after only… four months on the sidelines of Roman Abramovich's training. Since taking office, the former Parisian technician has a formidable record of 16 wins and 6 draws (including 18 clean sheets) in 24 matches in all competitions.
With him, the Blues went from 10th to 4th place in the Premier League, qualified for the FA Cup final (against Leicester on May 15) and therefore reached the C1 final after eliminating the 'Atlético de Madrid in the round of 16 then FC Porto in the next round. On May 29 in Istanbul, he will try to bring Chelsea their second big-eared cup against Manchester City in a 100% English final, the third in history after those of 2008 and 2019. The two teams will face each other. from this Saturday on behalf of the 35th day of the Premier League. On April 17, the Blues of Tuchel and Thiago Silva beat the Citizens in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. A sign ?