Chelsea 0-2 Real Madrid Highlights
Watch Chelsea 0-2 Real Madrid highlights as Real Madrid’s Rodrygo double scores against Chelsea in the match against Quarter finals of the champions league at Stamford bridge.
Chelsea exited the Champions League with a humbling 4-0 aggregate loss to holders Real Madrid as a Rodrygo’s double condemned the Blues to a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s side needed to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg to have any hope of salvaging silverware from a stormy season but Rodrygo’s opener, scored from close range following a rapid Madrid counter (58), effectively ended the tie as a contest.
Chelsea, beaten in three consecutive games following Lampard’s appointment as caretaker boss, started positively on the night but, in keeping with their season as a whole, failed to take their chances, with N’Golo Kante spurning their two best opportunities.
The Blues, 11th in the Premier League table and 17 points off the Champions League spots with only seven games left to play, now face a season outside of Europe’s premier competition, leaving them with little to play for in the remaining weeks of the campaign.
Chelsea needed to win by at least two goals, something they had only managed twice in their last 20 games in all competitions, which made Lampard’s seemingly conservative team selection more surprising.
Instead of packing his team with firepower, the caretaker boss picked an extra midfielder at the expense of an attacker, with Conor Gallagher starting and Raheem Sterling dropping out.
That left Kai Havertz as Chelsea’s only out-and-out attacker, with Gallagher and Kante playing in unfamiliar roles as advanced No 8s, but the unusual system appeared to flummox the visitors, at least initially, with Chelsea starting positively.
Their best chance fell to Kante following a wicked cross by James, but the Frenchman showed why he typically plays further back, rushing his first-time shot and slicing well wide.
Frank Lampard on postmatch interview
Frank Lampard said, “We played really well for 60 minutes and maybe it’s normal after the goal, at 3-0 in the tie we made some changes to go for it, it’s normal how the game pans out. But for 60 minutes, we had really good chances and at this level you get them, you have to take them.
“You don’t want to praise the performance too much when you lose at this level because it’s finite. It’s what it is but where we have been this season and what we are and what we have to work towards is a club who has been in this position and further many times.
“It wasn’t our night, some players will take that tonight and understand what it is at that level.
“The lack of goals is not for the want of trying. We got in the box, we got in loads of crossing positions, so I will never criticise the lads for that. But if you can’t take those chances, the game goes 2-1 at any point, you would have felt the crowd turn.
“The way we were playing, we were giving them a lot of problems on the sides of the pitch. It was the first game since I’ve been back where I feel we’ve really implemented them. That’s a must for us.
“It’s a mistake for us at the goal to give them that chance. You then look at maybe being more aggressive in the game. But if you look at those players who started, they’re fit and are in form.
“You’re playing for Chelsea, so regardless – every game you play you have to give everything. I’m not even here now for two weeks – I’m hungry, I won’t let anyone off the hook in letting the season run out.
“In the 60 minutes we were playing world-class opposition and we were the better team and had chances, that standard cannot drop. That’s the one message when the dust settles in-house.”