The highly anticipated encounter between Los Merengues and the Blues resulted in good fortunes for Tuchel and his men as Chelsea will head back to London with a vital away goal. Despite dominating the first half, Chelsea weren’t able to fully capitalise on their opportunities as a world-class strike from Karim Benzema saw the score remain level (1-1) at the end of the intriguing contest. Chelsea will have a slight upper hand heading into the next leg with the away goal, but any hope of reaching the final will be down to concentration, commitment and good luck. The awaited reunion of Eden Hazard came in the 66th minute but the Belgian maestro wasn’t as involved as anticipated due to the tightness of the midfield battle that prevented much open space to be exploited. In the end, despite not getting more just reward for a fine performance, the result was still satisfying with Chelsea hoping to finish the job next week. With that in mind, some of the writers from The Chelsea Social share their reactions regarding the Real Madrid v Chelsea clash.
Real Madrid v Chelsea: Quick Recap
Thomas Tuchel’s started off the game brightly, and in particular, the Blues midfield expertly outshined Zidane’s seasoned campaigners with ease, dictating various portions of the first half. Despite the glorious chance missed by Timo Werner, Chelsea would not need to wait too much longer for their goal. The American International, Christian Pulisic, became the first American to score in the UCL semi-finals at the young age of 22 as he made a great run in behind the defence, rounded former Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois, and blasted it past two Real Madrid defenders who were standing on the line into the empty net. The Spanish side found their feet late in the half and were able to pin back the London side for a small period in which they eventually capitalised. Arguable La Liga’s player of the season Karim Benzema scored a masterfully well-placed volley from a well-worked corner set-piece routine involving Marcelo, Casemiro and himself. Overall, the Blues produced a strong half and would feel aggrieved that they didn’t go into the sheds with a comfortable lead.
In the second half however it was a much more even contest. Both teams came at each other with good pressing causing mistakes in the middle of the park causing a difficulty to find genuine opportunities for both teams. This led to the rest of the match consisting of half chances from both sides with fatigue playing a role in limiting the Blues attacking impetus. That said, Chelsea did create the majority of chances overall and would feel disappointed to not walk away with the win but pleased to keep the experienced Real Madrid relatively quiet, especially on their home turf. Nevertheless, the match ended in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea securing a crucial away goal. Hopefully next week, Chelsea can replicate the form from this game and finish off any attacking opportunity given to them.
Some of the writers fellow writers from Chelsea Social share their reactions regarding the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid.
WOW, what a performance! Chelsea utterly dominated the Madridistas in the first half but our lack of finishing prevented a possible victory. Nonetheless, we managed to get a vital away goal which will come in handy in the second leg. My hands were in the air fist pumping everything after that Pulisic goal. He masterfully got the better of Chelsea nemesis, Thibaut Courtois, and blasted it past two Madrid defenders. However a moment of brilliance from French castaway, Karim Benzema made things level. The result was even more bittersweet due to the key miss from Timo Werner early in the game. Now, onto Fulham where our quest for the top four continues, Up the Chels!
An away goal back to Stamford Bridge is great, but every Chelsea fan would agree that it should have been more. That is the summary of the 1-1 draw of our Champions League semi-final fixture vs Real Madrid. Chelsea were good in most parts of the game but were wasteful in the final third. However, this should not take away the fact that Chelsea looked the better team overall and outplayed a Real Madrid side whose only moment of fame came from an absolute screamer from Benzema. I believe we have not seen the end of this tie but I think we still have what it takes to pull off something special.
To come away from Madrid with an away goal and feel rather aggrieved and a little frustrated is a sign of just how far Chelsea have come. Staring down the barrel of potential ignominy in January in the Premier League, one has to pinch oneself that this is actually a reality. An FA Cup Final, a three-point gap to fifth place and an away goal in a score draw to take back to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League Semi-Finals is the stuff of dreams if you are a Chelsea fan. This is where the club purports it is supposed to be, so it is a joy to see it actually there.
On the game itself, Chelsea notably forced a structural change to Real Madrid. Zidane set his troops up in an alien three-at-the-back system in order to match the Blues. A huge compliment notwithstanding, it was notable how Los Merengues looked a tad lost in the opening half an hour as the West Londoners smothered them with attack after attack and closed any spaces Benzema and co. may have had to fashion chances. The Frenchman’s class ultimately told as he rifled a wonderful volley in for Real, but only after Christian Pulisic sent the Blancos defence for ballet lessons with a wonderful solo effort.
By no means a dead tie, Chelsea can nonetheless take a lot of confidence back to Stamford Bridge and attempt to finish what they started. Real will be far more emboldened in the next leg, so Tuchel and his charges will have to be even more focused. Nevertheless, the fact that such a young group of wonderfully talented players have got this far is fantastic. One hopes they can get a positive result and make a first Champions League Final in nine years to be in within a whisker of winning a second European Cup. If that doesn’t give you goosebumps already as a Blue, there’s no telling what will! KTBFFH 💙
Who could of known that an away 1-1 draw in the Champions League semi-final would be discussed quite as much as this. Yes, Chelsea had chances and probably deserved to win, but that comes part of the Chelsea parcel this season. Anything short of clinical for most of a year and expected to fulfil that in the biggest game of a season? Probably not.
The idea that Werner cost Chelsea a game isn’t true, he missed one, the best one, but the Blues created more than enough to win this even without Werner’s chance. Elsewhere, lets take positives in that a fasting N’Golo Kante outran and outplayed the experienced midfield of Real Madrid, and, Mason Mount more than stood his own in the downpour in Spain.
At the start of the game I predicted a 1-1, after the game it does feel like Chelsea could and should have come away with more but that’s football, and, they’ve given themselves a great chance to be in with more than a chance next week.
Real Madrid v Chelsea, a game I had been waiting for a long time to see, especially in an advance stage of the Champions League such as a semi-final.
Following the match I felt a combination of feelings. Firstly, I was proud of the overall performance. We started off confidently, were the brighter of the two, and didn’t look overwhelmed by the occasion, despite our lack of experience relative to our seasoned, and more illustrious hosts. Secondly, I was a bit disappointed that we weren’t able to walk away with what would’ve been a well-earned victory and a stronger advantage heading into the return leg next week. Lastly though, I felt content with our current situation and genuinely believe we have given ourselves every opportunity to progress to the Champions League Final – can’t believe I’m realistically contemplating this.
In the end, the Blues take a slight advantage back to the Bridge, all to play for now, let’s hope we do what we need to get to the big dance. Come on you Blues!
Written by Rey, Vivek, Dan, Tom and RJ
Edited by Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)
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