Real Madrid knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League race and sealed a semi-final spot.
By The Headlines, April 18, 2023 | 09:49 PM
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CHELSEA 0-2 REAL MADRID (0-4 AGG): Frank Lampard was unable to mastermind a miracle in the Champions League quarter-finals. Rodrygo's double for Real Madrid sent Chelsea out of the Champions League.
Real Madrid emerged victorious with a 4-0 aggregate win in the two-legged tie after winning the first game at home by the same scoreline last week. Unfortunately, Frank Lampard was unable to lead his team to a miraculous comeback. The Blues created numerous opportunities, with Marc Cucurella's effort well-saved by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the latter part of a productive first half for the home side.
Sure enough, it didn't take long for Carlo Ancelotti and his team to make their mark against Francis Lampard's side, with Rodrygo scoring the opening goal in the 57th minute thanks to a slick attack.
Brazil secured their fourth goal right before the end of the match, giving Lampard his fourth consecutive loss since assuming his position as interim manager. This marked Chelsea's most unsuccessful streak in three decades.
Chelsea lacked a striker
The task for Chelsea coming into the match was clear: score at least two goals. To achieve this, one would have expected Frank Lampard to deploy plenty of forwards in a bid to bombard Real Madrid's goal.
Lampard decided to deploy Kai Havertz as the lone striker, with Conor Gallagher behind him, who had managed to score in the previous defeat against Brighton. This allowed N'Golo Kante to take up a more attacking role and utilize the qualities of Enzo Fernandez and Mateo Kovacic in build-up; however, it was goals that mattered most.
Karim Benzema made his 150th Champions League appearance
Karim Benzema has fond memories of Stamford Bridge, especially after his hat trick against West London last year. His 150th Champions League appearance at the stadium was a bonus and something which will certainly make him remember Chelsea's home even more.
After 12 minutes in the second half and with several wasted opportunities, Chelsea supporters began to fear that they had lost their chance to make the game competitive.
Real Madrid punished Chelsea for their defensive mistake swiftly, as Rodrygo drove past Trevoh Chalobah and the well-executed attack from their 18-yard box resulted in the Brazilian taking the match away from Chelsea’s grab.
He later scored his second in the 80th minute of the game making it impossible for Chelsea.
Real Madrid's amazing future
While Real Madrid are well known for their veteran players like Benzema, Modric and Kroos, their younger players often don't get the recognition they deserve in the biggest matches. Evidently, on Tuesday, the main shining stars of Carlo Ancelotti's team were their upcoming talents.
Rodrygo executed a fantastic finish, but it was Federico Valverde's midfield prowess that caused the goal to happen. Valverde's sublime skills enabled him to penetrate the Chelsea defence, and he gracefully set up Rodrygo for an easy shot. This marks a semi-final duel with Manchester City unless Bayern Munich turns the tables in the next match.