Real Madrid drew with Chelsea with a scoreline of 1-1. A match which was full of subplots, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois playing against their former club, Marcos Alonso against his boyhood club, the battle between F1 and Go-kart, former Real Madrid player Mateo Kovacic out of the clash.
The Blues started off strong and almost had taken the lead but Courtois denied Timo Werner from six yards. Chelsea had broke on the counter and Mason Mount supplied a cross to Christian Pulisic who headed it to Werner’s feet.
Chelsea was determined and shortly took the lead afterwards through Pulisic. Rudiger floated a sublime pass over Real Madrid’s defensive line and managed to take it past Courtois and fired it onto the back of the net.
Shortly afterwards Karim Benzema [F1] almost leveled but hit the post in the attempt from 25 yards at goal. Later Real Madrid pulled off a smart move by taking a short corner.
Marcelo whipped it to the end where the towering Casemiro headed it to Militao’s path who steered it to Benzema who smashed a lovely volley past Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea had better chances to seal the game but their struggles in front of the goal were clearly visible.
Chelsea player ratings VS Real Madrid:
Edouard Mendy (6.5/10) – He had a quiet night because of the incredible work of the players in front of him. Though he managed to steer away danger when called upon.
Andreas Christensen (6.7/10) – Has played his last two games at RCB and seems to be comfortable there. Failed to clear away the ball which Madrid took advantage of and scored from the set piece
Thiago Silva (7/10) – His experience payed off and kept Madrid players away while maintaning a 92% passing accuracy.
Cesar Azpilicueta (6.9/10) – The Chelsea skipper won won most of his ground duels had a decent game with plenty of moving forward.
N’Golo Kante (9/10) MOTM
One of Kante’s best performance in Champions league and again proved his brilliance and stepped up in big matches. Was all over the field defending,creating,recovering balls. Countless times ran through Madrid’s midfield and provided a spark in Chelsea’s placid team.
Jorginho (7.5/10) – Linked up well with everyone and helped to break Madrid’s press with his one touch passing, could have done better with his long passes.
Mason Mount (7.5/10) – Had a quiet evening but managed to be have a 96% passing accuracy and was involved in the build up of the chance which Werner missed. He had more of a defensive role to cover Modric which he did diligently,since Tuchel switched to a 3-5-2 formation.
Ben Chilwell (6.4/10) – Poor crossing, could have created more attacking chances and won only one of his ground duel, Rudiger’s presence safeguarded him.
Christian Pulisic (8.5/10) – Managed to create one big chance and bagged a goal as well. Was lively from the starting of the match and dribbled past numerous players. If had more support in the attack,was likely to score again.
Timo Werner (6.5/10) – Could have given the Blues an early lead, worked well with the ball and helping release pressure off the midfield but a striker missing goals is not ideal.
Reece James – 6.5/10
Kai Havertz – 6.6/10
Hakim Ziyech – 6.7/10