Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Ben Chilwell celebrate Chelsea’s second goal
Wednesday 5 May 2021 - Chelsea

SW6 to dreamland

Theo Milki

Champions Journalist fan reporter Theo Milki was at Stamford Bridge to see the players arrive – but still can’t quite believe what happened next against Real

I’m still pinching myself. Every morning I wake up and realise that I wasn’t dreaming: not only are we in the Champions League final but we beat serial winners Real Madrid 2-0 to get there. In what was yet another Thomas Tuchel masterclass, the scoreline really flattered Madrid; it could and should have been a lot more. But I think I speak for the vast majority of Chelsea fans when I say that I’m on cloud nine, regardless of the final aggregate.

With the Champions League anthem playing in my headphones, I took a stroll to Stamford Bridge to get myself in the matchday mood ahead of kick-off. I’ve walked that same route countless times, but this time it felt different: to know I was on my way to support my team but would not be physically present in the stadium was an unusual feeling. However, the atmosphere along the Fulham Road was electric; hundreds of fans had gathered around the Bridge to greet the team bus when it arrived. Passion, chants, flares and a lot of football banter – everything I had missed about matchdays during the past year. As the Chelsea team bus appeared, we roared through the blue smoke to let the players know that we were fully by their side. Seconds later the crowds dispersed and rushed home to catch the game. 

The scenes outside Stamford Bridge ahead of the second leg (Cred: Theo Milki)

Despite a few nervy moments, the game went perfectly to plan. Edouard Mendy put in a performance that even club legend Petr Cech would have been proud of, while our two German summer signings combined beautifully (with some help from the woodwork) to score the opener. Cobham academy graduate Mason Mount then scored that much-needed second goal to calm our nerves and send us to the final, a moment to treasure for us Blues.  

Getting to the Champions League final is an achievement in itself. However, no one remembers the team that came second. As much as we’re in dreamland at the moment, football is football and anything can happen after the referee blows the whistle. But we are confident. Ninety minutes (at least) to go now.

Our Champions Journalist fan reporter:
Theo Milki
Growing up between Fulham and King’s Road in London, there is only one team Theo was ever going to support – and he has been a devoted Chelsea fan all his life. Living so close to Stamford Bridge, he has run into all-time favourite player Frank Lampard several times in his neighbourhood, citing the Blues’ record goalscorer as a role model on and off the pitch. Lampard was also captaining the club on the night of their greatest triumph and Theo’s own high point as a supporter: the 2012 Champions League final win against Bayern.
About Champions Journalist fan reporters: These blogs have been written by winners of our annual Champions Journalist competition as well as a selection of editors from various fan page accounts. Together they offer their unique insights from the group stages all the way to the final.
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