Chelsea Player Rankings vs Real Madrid: Timo Werner the star as Courageous Performances abound in Blues defeat

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Chelsea lost in extra time to Real Madrid in their Champions League title defence.

Mason Mount and Antonio Rudiger erased a 3-1 first-leg deficit, then Timo Werner put the Blues ahead on aggregate at the Bernabeu.

But Rodrygo finished off a Luka Modric pass before Karim Benzema struck the decisive blow in the extra 30 minutes.

James Robson was in the Spanish capital to assess the individual performances ffrom the Chelsea players…

Edouard Mendy – 8

Pulled off a couple of important saves from distance. Could not keep out Rodrygo.

Reece James – 8

Booked for pulling back Vinicius in the first-half, but it was a good decision. The fact that he was a full-back did not prevent him from getting forward into dangerous areas.

Thiago Silva – 9

Vital interceptions cut out what few openings Real created. Managed Benzema superbly.

Antonio Rudiger – 9

Rock solid defensively and pressed high to put Real on the back foot. Brilliant goal.

Marcos Alonso – 8

A really effective outlet on the left, frequently feeding Werner. Unfortunate to see his goal ruled out for handball.

N’Golo Kante – 8

Subbed at half-time in the first leg – totally dominant for the majority of this game. Swarmed Real’s midfield.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 9

His clever footwork got him out of so many tight spaces and allowed Chelsea to break the press in the midfield. It repeatedly opened Real up.

Mateo Kovacic – 9

Full of running to help Chelsea overpower Real in the middle of the park. A box-to-box performance. Brilliant.

Mason Mount – 9

Wonderfully-taken goal was just what Chelsea needed. Frequently broke the lines with his runs from deep.

Kai Havertz – 8

A really unselfish performance, tracking back and picking the ball up in deep and wide areas. So close to scoring before Real’s equaliser.

Timo Werner – 9

What a goal. What a nuisance to Real. One of his best performances in a Chelsea shirt, with his very presence frightening the life out of Real’s defenders.

Substitutes

Christian Pulisic (Werner, 83’) – 4

How costly his two wasted chances at the end of normal time proved to be.

Hakim Ziyech (Kante, 100’) – 5

Had a chance to send it to penalties, but was denied by Courtois.

Jorginho (Kovacic, 116’) – 5

Late chance to be a hero, but dragged his shot wide.

Saul Niguez (Loftus-Cheek, 116’) – 5

Kept up the energy a final push.

Subs unused: Kepa, Bettinelli, Christensen, Chalobah, Azpilicueta, Sarr, Vale

 

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