This is really huge – Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says Manchester City are the “benchmark”, after his side secured a win over Real Madrid to set up an all-English Champions League final.

The Blues beat the record 13-time European giant at Stamford Bridge to win 3-1 on aggregate.

Chelsea will face Pep Guardiola’s side in Istanbul on 29 May.

Mason Mount sealed the famous win at Stamford Bridge

“This is really huge so I’m absolutely delighted with this spirit and big credit to this team,” said Tuchel.

“I will say it always, for me Bayern Munich with Manchester City are the benchmark and we wanted to close the gap to Manchester City.”

“This one match in the semi-final, we did that with a very impressive performance and we need that again,” added Tuchel, when asked about his thoughts about an all-English Champions League final.

“It gave us belief and confidence for every game after that because it is the highest level you can face.

“We had huge challenges in the Premier League and we came out of it very strong and showed our mentality and quality in all of these matches.

“So yes, we will arrive with self-confidence and with a positive energy in Istanbul. With no injuries, just the positive energy to win, to be one of the participants. We want to arrive with the clear focus to win.”

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