N’Golo Kante shines to help Chelsea earn crucial away goal vs Real Madrid as Werner’s dire finishing is summed up in concerning stat

N’Golo Kante shines to help Chelsea earn crucial away goal vs Real Madrid as Werner’s dire finishing is summed up in concerning stat

Real Madrid vs Chelsea

The Champions League returned to our screens on Tuesday evening with a huge tie.

Real Madrid played host to Chelsea in the first of two semi-final meetings.

The winner from Madrid-Chelsea will then face off with one of Manchester City or PSG in the competition’s showpiece.

Both outfits would head into the game in fairly decent form, with Chelsea’s last outing a crucial 1-0 win over top-four rivals, West Ham.

Madrid, meanwhile, were held to a 0-0 draw by Real Betis in their previous tie but still remained on a 17-game unbeaten run across all competitions before Tuesday.

So, a closely contested affair was indeed widely predicted at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. And when 90 minutes were up, that is exactly what would unfold in the Spanish capital.

Brilliant Benzema

The first major moment of the game came 10 minutes in when Chelsea broke through Christian Pulisic. The ball eventually fell to Timo Werner but the German, as has become a common site of late, failed to beat the keeper from just six yards out despite being unmarked.

Pulisic would make no mistakes just three minutes later, though, when firing the Blues into the lead.

Antonio Rudiger played a lofted ball over the top to the American who kept his composure to glide past Thibaut Courtois before smashing the ball into an open goal:

Madrid, who had been dominated early on, responded well following the goal. Karim Benzema would burst forward and smash a long-range effort off Edouard Mendy’s post 23 minutes in.

Los Blancos’ second chance of the game would fall to Benzema, with the Frenchman this time firing a volley straight into the roof of Mendy’s net.

Werner then wasted a Chelsea break by shooting wide when he had Mason Mount as a much better option.

The half-time whistle blew shortly after, with both sides probably fairly happy with the opening 45.

Chelsea earn key away goal but Werner continues to struggle

The second half began much the same way the first did, with Chelsea on top.

The Londoners’ first half-chance following the break would see Marcelo get in the way of Werner’s effort.

The score remained deadlocked after an hour, though, with both sides then opting to shake things up somewhat.

Former Blue Eden Hazard was brought on by Madrid whilst Tuchel opted to introduce Reece James, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.

Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Werner would be the men to make way, with the latter of that trio once again looking extremely deprived of confidence in front of goal – something which will no doubt continue to trouble Tuchel, who has so far backed the former RB Leipzig man a fair bit.

In the end, though, the changes were unable to see either side take the lead, with Chelsea now heading back to Stamford Bridge with a crucial away goal.

Overall, Chelsea would produce a solid showing in the Spanish capital, with N’Golo Kante particularly impressive on the evening – evening earn high praise from former Chelsea man, Cesc Fabregas:

But given that, over the 90 minutes, Chelsea did have the better of the tie, Tuchel and co. are no doubt left wondering what the result would have been had Werner not been so poor in front of goal yet again.

Werner’s dismal finishing both on Tuesday and across the campaign as a whole can be summed up in this rather concerning statistic:

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 33 45 77
2 Manchester United FC 33 29 67
3 Leicester City FC 33 22 62
4 Chelsea FC 33 20 58
5 West Ham United FC 33 10 55
6 Liverpool FC 33 16 54
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 18 53
8 Everton FC 32 4 52
9 Leeds United 33 0 47
10 Arsenal FC 33 7 46
11 Aston Villa FC 32 9 45
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 33 -13 41
13 Crystal Palace FC 32 -20 38
14 Burnley FC 33 -15 36
15 Southampton FC 32 -18 36
16 Newcastle United FC 33 -18 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 33 -6 34
18 Fulham FC 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 33 -34 25
20 Sheffield United FC 33 -38 17
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 15
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 10
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 10
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9

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