Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign comes to an end after a bitterly disappointing performance at Stamford Bridge. The game ended with a scoreline of 2-0, and 3-1 on aggregate.
Timo Werner opened the scoring for Chelsea, heading into an empty net after Kai Havertz hit the crossbar. Real Madrid came close to scoring on two occasions through Karim Benzema but his efforts were met with two brilliant saves from Edouard Mendy.
Things got worse for Real Madrid in the second half with Chelsea proving too much to handle for Los Blancos. The London club looked like scoring every time they attacked and it was thanks to Courtois that Madrid were still in the tie. The pressure ended up paying off in the end, with Mason Mount doubling Chelsea’s lead and putting the game to bed.
Real Madrid never really settled into the game and looked far too shaky from start to finish. Zinedine Zidane’s men will now have to turn their attention back to LaLiga as they attempt to finish the season with a trophy. These are our player ratings:
Thibaut Courtois: 8/10
Had it not been for Courtois, Real Madrid would’ve been embarrassed. The Belgian made countless number of saves to help keep Real Madrid in the game.
Vinicius Jr: 5/10
It’s fair to say that playing Vini as a right wingback as part of a back five simply does not work. The Brazilian was lost for the majority of his time on the pitch and was exposed far too often.
Eder Militao: 7/10
Playing as the right centre-back, Militao didn’t look as comfortable as he was during the past few games but still managed to be Madrid’s best defender on the night. There was little the Brazilian could do about Chelsea’s attacks.
Sergio Ramos: 6/10
Far from his best. This was Ramos’ first start since March 13 and that was obvious from the way he played. The captain found it very difficult to cope with the speed of Chelsea’s young attackers, especially Timo Werner.
Playing as the left centre-back, Nacho had a hard time dealing with Chelsea’s forwards and things only got harder as fatigue started to kick in.
Ferland Mendy: 6/10
His first start after missing 5 games through injury. The left-back was clearly lacking in match fitness and thus failed to help out in attack or remain solid in defence.
Toni Kroos: 6/10
Normally the one to get things moving for Real Madrid, Toni never really came close to doing that over the two legs. The German struggled in midfield and didn’t have much of an impact on the game.
Luka Modric: 6/10
Just like the first leg, Modric found it difficult to impose himself on the game. The Croatian struggled to move the ball forward and was well marshalled by Chelsea’s midfield trio.
Just like Modric and Kroos, Casemiro found it difficult to get into the game. The Brazilian made a number of good recoveries but ultimately wasn’t at the level we’ve come to expect from him.
Eden Hazard: 5/10
Hardly had a kick. Back at Stamford Bridge and back in the spotlight, Hazard failed to make any sort of impact on the game. The Belgian was anonymous throughout his time on the pitch.
Karim Benzema: 7/10
Real Madrid’s only consistent scorer this season was needed more than ever tonight. The Frenchman was unlucky not to score after having two efforts denied by brilliant saves from Chelsea’s goalkeeper. Benzema had little to no service throughout the game and was forced to feed on scraps.
Fede Valverde: 6/10 – Came on to replace Mendy. The Uruguayan made a great block to stop Havertz from scoring and added fresh legs and energy into the team, something that was severely lacking over both legs.
Marco Asensio: 5/10 – Came on to replace Vinicius. The Spaniard didn’t add much to the game.
Rodrygo: 5/10 – Came on to replace Casemiro. The Brazilian hardly saw much of the ball during his time on the pitch.
Mariano Diaz: N/A – Very late substitute.