Chelsea FC created a good starting position for themselves in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. At Real Madrid, the Blues, trained by Thomas Tuchel, scored 1-1 (1-1). The second leg will take place on May 5th.
“We can be disappointed because if you have this number of chances and of this quality, it’s a shame. We could have led 3-0,” said Tuchel afterwards DAZN. “We deserved to win the first half. We were very strong and had great chances and half-chances. Then we conceded a goal from a set piece.”
In the second half his team was “tired from the past games”, so it was an “even game with no chances on both sides”. About the chances in the second leg, Tuchel said: “The result is okay. Now we will try to win the second leg. It will be very tough, but we have confidence and remain positive.”
Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger, who made his first CL assist in the 23rd game at 1-0, said at Sky: “From my point of view, we had a lot of counter-chances that we were unclean. We could have gone home with a better result. We knew how to attack them, that we will have plenty of room in their sixth position. We would have our chances We have to make better use of it. But the first step has been taken. Our fate is in our hands – and that’s good. “
Chelsea found their way into the game much better than Los Blancos. The blues played with greater body tension, were more agile and fast-paced in their movements and made a pretty self-confident, dominant performance. This is how good ball conquests are achieved, after which large spaces are quickly opened up by vertical passing game. These switching actions announced the lead: First Werner missed a huge chance (10th), a minute later he just missed an Azpilicueta cross – shortly afterwards the doorbell rang.
Real Madrid – Chelsea FC: The Analysis
Gradually, however, Real bit their way into the game after Benzema equalized with a strong individual action. Chelsea are still a bit more active, but the home side are more attentive in their defensive behavior and thus able to slow down the initial momentum of the Blues.
In the second half the game flattened out, there was less pace, especially in the teams’ passing game. At Real, Modric was now falling more often, but that did not ensure a lot of earnings in the last third. Both teams were now too imprecise in their actions, so that nothing top-class came about around the penalty areas – not even after the substitutions on both sides.
Real: Courtois – Eder Militao, Varane, Nacho – Carvajal (77th Odriozola), Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Marcelo (77th Asensio) – Benzema (90th + 3 Rodrygo), Vinicius Junior (66th Hazard).
Chelsea: Mendy – Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger – Azpilicueta (66th James), Jorginho, Chilwell – Kante, Mount – Pulisic (66th Ziyech), Werner (66th Havertz).
Gates: 0: 1 Pulisic (14th), 1: 1 Benzema (29th)
Had no difficulties with a game that was easy to manage and was also invariably correct with the personal punishments.