Original 21

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  1. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    Did brilliantly to get back in it. At 3-0 we needed to see it out. Ancelotti made the changes. Tuchel sat on his hands. Kante gave the ball away and that was that. Momentum swung against us. Kante looked tired and gave the ball away again. Game over. Can’t be too critical of the players after a heroic effort. We didn’t lose the tie tonight. The damage was done in the first leg. Mendy’s meltdown proved too much. It’s all a question of what might have been. We were the better side overall. But we made too many mistakes and they punished us for it. Hard lesson to take.
  2. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    Just needed a good cross from Saul. He couldn’t do it.
  3. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    Miss from Jorginho. Ah well.
  4. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    Havertz should have hit the target there.
  5. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    That first Madrid goal looks like it’s killed us. We look out of it now.
  6. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    Mess up by Kante and Loftus Cheek. Tuchel too late with his subs.
  7. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    We were so close. Bad give away from Kante. We look tired. Tuchel will need to be smart with his subs.
  8. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    Werner! Try disallowing that!
  9. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    How can they disallow that?
  10. Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5 - 4 on aggregate)

    I think team pretty much picks itself. Only real debate is the third striker position. Suspect Tuchel will go with Pulisic. Mendy Christensen, Rudiger, Silva James, Alonso Kovacic, Jorginho Mount, Havertz Werner/Pulisic/Ziyech
  11. Southampton 0 Chelsea 6

    Well we needed that. Terrific performance. But a big thanks to Soton for not bothering to turn up. Couldn’t have asked for better preparation for the game on Tuesday. Tuchel has to make some interesting calls now. Does he start Alonso? Werner over Pulisic? Kovacic over Jorginho or Kante?
  12. Southampton 0 Chelsea 6

    Have no idea what’s going on. Are we just more focused or are Soton really, really bad?
  13. Southampton 0 Chelsea 6

    6-0. Is that Pulisic on the pitch? Who came off? I missed that.
  14. Southampton 0 Chelsea 6

    5-0! Werner in the right place again. Now just a question of who to give a rest to.
  15. Southampton 0 Chelsea 6

    4/0. Werner hitting the post again but fell nicely for Havertz.
  16. Southampton 0 Chelsea 6

    3-0. Well done Werner. Could have lost confidence after those near misses. He took that really well.
  17. Southampton 0 Chelsea 6

    Good start 2-0. Could be more. Alonso is running riot.
  18. Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 3

    At 2-1 I thought we were in this tie still, and if the match had ended that way, even with all the missed chances in the second half, we’d not be out of it by any means. But the Mendy meltdown really did us in. He’s got a lot of plaudits for his form, and quite rightly. But he’s always had an error in him with the ball at his feet. Benzema clearly knew this and gambled even though he was standing at least 20 yards away. You can just see Mendy freezing and then he ends up just barely kicking it. A rabbit in the headlights moment. And in that one brain freeze, the tie was likely decided. With a one goal deficit we could still play it cagey in the second leg and play on the counter to get back in it. But with two goals behind, we’re going to have to go for it. And we’re not set up to play like that.
  19. Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 3

    Difference this year and last year against them is not that Real Madrid have improved, but we have declined and look exhausted physically and mentally. We added Lukaku to our squad but that has only set us back. Madrid are probably even worse than they were last season, but our decline has been so dramatic, that we’ve fallen off a cliff. Bizarre. Did Chilwell and James play against them last season? I can’t recall. Maybe that’s the difference.
  20. Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 3

    Well that was sloppy. It wasn’t just the poor defending for the first two goals but the inability to keep the ball in the final third which allowed them to break. At 2-1 we were still in the tie. But that Mendy meltdown really killed us. To top it off Lukaku missed a chance that was a sitter in comparison to Benzema’s headers. The contrast between a decent striker and a hugely overrated one. I’m sure we’ll give it a go in the second leg. We’ve got nothing to lose really. But we’re going to need an awful lot to go our way.
  21. Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 3

    Well we’ve managed to make Real Madrid look as good as Brentford.
  22. Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 3

    Oh come on James. That was a lousy cross.
  23. Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 3

    Nonsense stoppage now. Ref is an idiot.