Karim Benzema scored a hattrick to help Real Madrid produce one of the comfortable football results of the midweek action in the UEFA Champions League. Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the 21st minute before doubling their advantage with another header three minutes later. Kai Havertz pulled one back in the 40th minute but Benzema sealed the win in the 46th minute.
Chelsea: Mendy (3), Christensen (4), Thiago Silva (6), Rudiger (6), James (5), Kante (5), Jorginho (6), Mount (5), Azpilicueta (5), Havertz (7), Pulisic (4).
Subs: Kovacic (5), Lukaku (5), Loftus-Cheek (5), Ziyech (5).
Real Madrid: Courtois (8), Mendy (7), Alaba (7), Militao (7), Carvajal (7), Kroos (7), Casemiro (6), Modric (7), Vinicius (7), Benzema (9), Valverde (7).
Subs: Nacho (5), Camavinga (5), Bale (n/a), Ceballos (n/a).
Man of the Match: Karim Benzema.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “Today, is this [tie] alive with this performance? No, not at the moment. We have to find ourselves again, I don’t know where we have been since the international break. Tonight was a repetition of the second half against Brentford in a quarter-final against Real Madrid. Five days, seven goals conceded. It’s alarming. With everything the game demands, you cannot expect a result from this kind of performance. We were so far off our level, tactically, individually, in shape, in challenges. We tried to play in a new formation and killed the game off with a big mistake.”
“It’s never on one player or players, it’s on all of us, including myself. Individually we lost shape and sharpness. Since the international break, we have obviously not looked the same and I don’t really have an explanation,” he added.
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