When Mason Mount rattled the back of the net in the 85th minute, ending nearly and entire half’s worth of frustration as Chelsea created and missed chance after chance after glorious chance to put the tie beyond Real Madrid’s reach, it kicked off celebrations not seen at the Bridge on a European night probably since Demba Ba’s late winner against PSG back in 2014.
Ba’s goal sent Chelsea to a semifinal, which we’d go on to lose (against a team with Thiabut Courtois in goal). Mount’s goal against Courtois now has sent us to the final, our third, kicking off further celebrations at full-time, especially emotional ones from veterans like Thiago Silva, Jorginho, and Antonio Rudiger.
But as happy as we can be tonight, as young Mason himself was quick to remind in the post-match euphoria, we ain’t won nothing yet!
“I can’t put into words. Great performance tonight. It was a tough, tough game. They’re going to come and give it everything but we worked hard. We should’ve probably had about five! But the most important thing is we won tonight. We want to go into every game winning it.
“It was one nil but that really didn’t matter because if they score, they were back in the game. To get that one late on, you can see by the celebrations, it was a massive goal for us and gave us breathing space in the last five minutes.
“We gave everything and we had that desire to win first half. We had a couple of opportunities where we won the ball and should’ve scored but we got the one late on and it’s great.
“We haven’t won nothing yet. Hopefully we’ve got two massive cup finals and hopefully we can win.”
-Mason Mount; source: BT Sport via BBC
The Champions League final will thus be our last match of the season, on May 29, against Manchester City (who beat PSG in yesterday’s semifinal), in Istanbul. Before then, we will also contest the FA Cup final, against Leicester City, on May 15. And two of our last four Premier League matches are also against Leicester and Manchester City (the latter in just three days in fact). The schedule only gets harder, but with the confidence shown today...
Why not us?