Chelsea defeated Real Madrid 2-0 in the most anticipated match of the week in the Champions League semi-final. With this win, it is all set to be an all-English final in the Champions League as they will face Manchester City. The final is set to be played on May 29 in Istanbul.
Real Madrid dominated possession, however, they were totally outclassed by Chelsea’ fierce attacking play. Madrid had a total of 5 shots on target and they were close to scoring more than once but they failed to breach Chelsea’ goalkeeper who was impressive in the game.
The first goal was scored by Timo Werner, teammate Kai Havertz dinked a delightful ball over which Werner headed beautifully. The game was sealed at 85th minute Mason Mount scored, assisted by the substitute Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid: Real Madrid Player Ratings
Thibaut Courtois (6.5/10):- Not much he could have done about the scoreline. However, he kept Madrid in the game until Mount’s goal. The Belgian made three good saves to keep the squad in the tie.
Nacho Fernandez (4/10):- Defended the right-hand side of the pitch but was often exploited by Kante and Havertz. He was also out of position sometimes which left Ramos on his own.
Sergio Ramos (4/10):- He returned after being sidelined for a long due to injury. However, he had a disappointing performance individually and was at fault for the first goal.
Eder Militao (5/10):- The best defender of the night. Saw most of the ball down the right-wing in the first half. A decent performance but doesn’t look comfortable playing out wide which often left Madrid scrambling. He didn’t mark Mount on the second goal.
Casemiro (5/10):- Not his usual performance and couldn’t work with Kroos or Modric to try and stop Chelsea’s attacking flow. Positioned himself well but was ripped apart by N’Golo Kante.
Toni Kroos (6/10):- Tried to move Madrid forward but was not able to break any lines or link up with Modric as he usually does. Forced to drop back alongside Ramos and Nacho multiple times which left the midfield empty.
Luka Modric (6.5/10):- Was the most active midfielder out of the three but also couldn’t get in on the action. Looked lost when Kroos was forced to drop back because there was no other support.
Ferland Mendy (4/10):- He also made his return back to action. Very limited in terms of helping Madrid move forward and was quiet all night.
Vinicius Junior (4/10):- Offered very little throughout the time he was on the pitch and couldn’t work with Benzema. Didn’t have any attacking presence and couldn’t threaten Chelsea’s backline with his speed like he usually does.
Eden Hazard (4/10):- He was supposed to be deciding factor and earned a start over Asensio yet had very little to offer against his former club.
Karim Benzema (6/10):- Was the most active forward of the night with two shots that tested Chelsea’s goalkeeper but seemingly inactive after that. He had zero support up top which limited his influence on the game.
Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid: Chelsea Player Ratings
Edouard Mendy (9/10):- Made two great saves in the first half from Benzema’s threat. He was comfortable in the second and manage to get a clean sheet at the end.
Andreas Christensen (9/10):- Continued his sublime form under Tuchel’s watch with another imperious game. Didn’t put a foot wrong and handled Benzema like a veteran.
Thiago Silva (9/10):- A rock at the back, and an aerial threat in the Madrid half with few scoring chances. Silva didn’t miss a beat and reached a second Champions League final in a row.
Antonio Rudiger (9/10):- Bailed out Chilwell’s poor touch with a big interception on Benzema. Made some marauding runs forward, as usual, one effort forced Courtois into an awkward save. Immense tackles in the second half.
Jorginho (8/10):- Booked early on for a fault cynical challenge on Hazard. Plenty of passing as usual but it was with real quality, kept Chelsea ticking over magnificently throughout.
N’Golo Kante (9/10):- He was instrumental in the opening goal of the night, winning the ball, driving forward, and feeding Havertz. He helped set up the winner and probably covered every blade of grass.
Mason Mount (9/10):- Sparked Chelsea into life with his performance. He sealed Chelsea’s spot in the final with the second goal in the 85th minute.
Cesar Azpilicueta (8/10):- His experience proved key in getting Sergio Ramos his customary yellow card. However, he also defended very well up against Hazard, who didn’t have a sniff in the first half.
Ben Chilwell (8/10):- Started very brightly as he pushed high on Vinicius Jr. He saw off the challenge of the tricky Brazilian who was hauled off by Zidane midway through the second half.
Timo Werner (8/10):- He had an 18th-minute goal rightly ruled out for offside. However, he went on to score later with the easiest finish of his career. He was a constant menace to the Madrid defense all night.
Kai Havertz (9/10):- His audacious effort off the crossbar led to Werner’s goal. He rattled the crossbar with a superb header seconds after halftime. His work rate throughout was brilliant, he caused Ramos and Nacho issues all game.
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