Rudiger and James are sensational but Kante struggles again as the plucky Blues lose cruelly to Real Madrid

CHELSEA put in a top performance but it wasn’t enough to beat a Real Madrid side that only knows how to win.

There were a number of outstanding performances, with Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic and Reece James leading the way.

Antonio Rudiger headed in Chelsea's second goal and was a powerhouse throughout


Antonio Rudiger headed in Chelsea’s second goal and was a powerhouse throughoutPhoto credit: Getty
Mason Mount rolled in a brilliant finish to put his side 1-0 up in the 15th minute


Mason Mount rolled in a brilliant finish to put his side 1-0 up in the 15th minutePhoto credit: Getty
Timo Werner thought he had scored Chelsea's winner before Real Madrid equalized overall


Timo Werner thought he had scored Chelsea’s winner before Real Madrid equalized overallPhoto credit: Reuters

Mason Mount continued his fine form with a stylish finish before crossing from a corner to assist Antonio Rudiger.

Timo Werner then produced an ingenious solo goal for putting Chelsea were leading 3-0 and it was a well deserved lead.

Chelsea even ruled out a Marcos Alonso goal for handball before Werner struck Really managed to dig out of a hole.

A great cross from Luka Modric allowed Rodrygo to level on aggregate before Karim Benzema came on in extra time to score a winner.

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Edouard Mendy – 6

A good save to ward off a Toni Kroos free-kick.

Couldn’t do either goal as both Rodrygo and Benzema finished well after leaving too much space.


Reece James – 9

Started on the right side of central defense and was taken out early on by Vinicius Jr with nice skill.

But he didn’t let himself be deterred by a warning and kept the treacherous Brazilian in check.

He provided good support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with much of Chelsea’s fine play coming down the right flank – and almost scored from a snap in the second half.

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Thiago Silva – 7

Real Madrid threat Karim Benzema remained calm for the most part, providing the experience and leadership needed in the absence of captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

However, he played a weak ball out of defense which resulted in Real’s winner – although he could blame N’Golo Kante for not reacting quickly enough.

Antonio Ruediger – 9

Had a relatively comfortable night as Real offered little in attack until they were 3-0 down.

He headed home from a corner to level things overall and also made an amazing last try to stop Vinicius going on target.

Could have kept a better eye on Benzema as he scored his winner in extra time.

Marcos Alonso – 7th

Will rightfully feel offended after his goal was ruled out for handball after consulting VAR.

Came into play better as the game progressed but could have been a bit closer against Rodrygo as he equalized Real.

Thomas Tuchel's schedule worked perfectly before Real caught up


Thomas Tuchel’s schedule worked perfectly before Real caught upPhoto credit: AFP
Karim Benzema made the difference again with an overtime winner


Karim Benzema made the difference again with an overtime winnerPhoto credit: Getty

Ruben Loftus Cheek – 6th

A bold move by Tuchel to choose the midfielder as right-back but he created danger with some powerful runs from deep.

Faded as the game progressed but continued to help James deal with Vinicius.

N’Golo Kante – 5

An improvement on his performance in the first leg when he was substituted at half-time but was still a little lax in possession.

That was never clearer as he carelessly lost the ball leading up to Real’s first goal – allowing Carlo Ancelotti’s side to score the all-important equaliser.

Arguably a bit of blame for Real’s winner too, as he was a little flat-footed waiting to receive Silva’s pass from behind, with Vinicius breaking before assisting Benzema for the winner.

Matteo Kovacic – 8

He was the heartbeat of Chelsea’s midfield as the Blues dominated the ball at the Bernabeu.

Keeping his squad going and dominating a Real midfield made up of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro – a complete one back of the first leg.

Maurerberg – 8

Finished a brilliant Chelsea move in spectacular fashion and put his team ahead in the 15th minute.

Also provided the corner for Ruediger’s goal and never stopped pressing when Real had the ball.

Timo Werner – 8

He assisted Mount in the opening goal and posed a threat not only with his pace but also with his running on the ball.

Was calmer in the second half until scoring a stunning solo and beating two players before firing past Thibaut Courtois.

Kai Havertz – 7

The first half was quiet despite Chelsea’s possession, but his movement created problems and allowed Mount and Werner to use space.

Could have done a little better with half a chance when Mount played through in the second half.

He also missed a fantastic chance with a free header in late extra time.


Christian Pulisic (for Werner, 83′) – 5th

Had two golden chances to win late in regulation but volleyed twice over the bar from close range.

Hakim Ziyech (for Kante, 100′) – 4

Booked shortly after he came on and didn’t make the impact Tuchel was hoping for when he decided to bring him on.

Jorginho (for Kovacic, 105′) – 6th

Had a lot of possession but couldn’t create anything as Real were deep in defense in the second half of extra time.

The ball fell nicely into the penalty area twice, but his first attempt was blocked and the second went wide.

Saul Niguez (for Loftud Cheek, 105′) – 4

Like Jorginho, he came at a time of desperation for Chelsea but failed to influence the game in any way. Rudiger and James are sensational but Kante struggles again as the plucky Blues lose cruelly to Real Madrid


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