The worst performance of the season? Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Player ratings

The worst performance of the season?  Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Player ratings

Chelsea head to Madrid next week knowing that they will need one of their best ever Champions League performances to make it into the semi-finals and continue their European title defense after falling to a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge to a Karim Benzema inspired Real Madrid.

In a pulsating first half that had the makings of a Champions League classic, Benzema headed in a stunning opener from a Vinicius Junior cross, before moments later he reproduced the trick to double Los Blancos lead, Luka Modric this time the provider.

It could have been worse, but Chelsea held on and showed their own quality when a beautiful Jorginho cross was nodded in by Kai Havertz, handing the Blues a lifeline in the game.

That lifeline was squandered just a minute into the second half, however, as a horrible error from Edouard Mendy 25 yards out handed Benzema the chance to complete his hat-trick, and a man of his quality needed no second invitation.

The Blues moved to a back four and certainly improved as Real Madrid sat back in the second half, but created little and now know that they will need a monumental effort at the Santiago Bernabeu next week to turn the tie around and advance to the last 4 .

Unsurprisingly, then, few in Chelsea blue stood out in 101s player ratings.


Edouard Mendy โ€“ 4

Just when Chelsea looked back in the game, Mendy handed Real Madrid a third a minute into the second half with an awful pass that allowed Benzema to complete his hat trick.

Rece James – 5

Left his teammate isolated with Vinicius in the first half, that could have left the scoreline looking far worse than 2-1. Was better in the second half when tasked with keeping the quiet Brazilian himself.

Andreas Christensen โ€“ 4

Failed to deal at all with Vinicius Junior, and was hooked at half time. A night to forget for the Dane.

Antonio Rudiger – 5

Booked in the opening 15 minutes and was unable to do anything for either of Benzema’s headers. Should have done better for the third, however.

Thiago Silva โ€“ 5

Was part of a creaking defence in the first half, but was the best of a bad bunch. Was untested in the second half.

Cesar Azpilicueta -5

Was probably misused being on the left side, and could do nothing but watch on his side crumbled on the opposite flank.

N’Golo Kante – 4

A rare off night for the Frenchman. Could not stop Modric and Kroos cutting through the Blues, and made way at half time for Mateo Kovacic.

Jorginho โ€“ 6

Provided a delicious cross for Kai Havertz to head Chelsea back into the game. Was overrun in midfield by Modrid and Kroos as Kante wandered, and was taken off on the hour mark.

Mason Mount โ€“ 4

Worked hard but couldn’t get into the game and was largely anonymous. Will be hoping for a very different second leg.

Kai Havertz- 6

Had one chance and took it. Showing Lukaku how a number 9 should be leading the Chelsea line.

Christian Pulisic โ€“ 3

Invisible in the first half, and was lucky to last beyond the interval. Was no surprise to see him hooked early in the second half.


Hakim Ziyech โ€“ 4

Was another that was dealt with well by the Real Madrid defence. Replaced Pulisic but could not get into the game.

Mateo Kovacic โ€“ 6

His introduction allowed his side more control in the game, and raised questions as to why he didn’t start against his former side. Will surely be put in from the off in the return leg.

Romelu Lukaku – 4

Came on as a second-half substitute and, in a game of headers proving key, headed the best chance of the second half wide of the post when it looked harder to miss.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek โ€“ 4

Did nothing to influence the game.

Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois โ€“ 8

Made one fantastic save with the score at 3-1 to tip an Azpilicueta effort over the bar. Despite the hostile return, he was calm and confident behind his defence.

Dani Carvajal โ€“ 7

Motored up and down the right flank, while also keeping the Chelsea forwards quiet. Could well have had a goal for his efforts save a goalline clearance in the first half.

Eder Militao โ€“ 6

Booked early in the piece and ruled himself out of the second leg.

David Alaba โ€“ 8

An oasis of calm amid a tempestuous affair, Alaba continues to prove that filling the shoes of Sergio Ramos is no task too large for him.

Ferland Mendy โ€“ 6

Quietly effective, and his performance surely ranks as one of his best in a white shirt since he joined 18 months ago.

Toni Kroos โ€“ 7

Continued to defy logic as he shone on the highest stage even at 32 years old. Faded as the piece went on and was replaced but certainly did his job.

Luca Modric โ€“ 8

Another of the old guard that continues to excel, Modric dictated play for Los Blancos though, like Kroos, faded in the second half as Chelsea had more of the ball.

Casemiro โ€“ 7

Showed his experience by dropping into defense in the most important moments as Los Blancos came under increased pressure. Another quiet but brilliant performance from the Brazilian.

Federico Valverde โ€“ 8

Was preferred to Lucas Vazquez and fully justified his place. Ran with the ball well and offered a good foil with Caravajal against first Pulisic and then Ziyech.

Karim Benzema- 10

Europe’s most lethal marksman continued to show his brilliance with a great header for the opener, following it up with an equally supreme second moments later. The goal to complete his hat-trick may have been streaky, but it was certainly deserved.

Vinicius Junior – 8

Hit the woodwork in the opening 10 minutes and will feel he should have done better. Provided a beautiful cross for the opening goal and terrorised Andreas Christensen in the first half. Saw less of the ball in the second but remained a constant threat with his pace.


Nacho Fernandez – 5

Came on for the injured Militao just as Chelsea began to threaten, and did little to stem the tide. Solid if unspectacular.

Eduardo Camavinga โ€“ 6

Had big shoes to fil when he entered the fray, and did his job well without being a standout performer.

Dani Ceballos- N/A

Came on with five minutes to go, and did nothing of note.

Gareth Bale – N/A

Came on with five minutes to go, and did nothing of note.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 30 52 73
2 Liverpool FC 30 57 72
3 Chelsea FC 29 35 59
4 Tottenham Hotspur 30 15th 54
5 Arsenal FC 29 10 54
6 West Ham United 31 11 51
7 Manchester United 30 8 51
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 6 49
9 Crystal Palace 30 4 37
10 Leicester City 28 -4 37
11 Aston Villa 30 0 36
12 Southampton FC 30 -9 36
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -10 34
14 Brentford FC 31 -11 33
15th Newcastle United 30 -21 31
16 Leeds United 31 -33 30
17 Everton FC 28 -19 25
18 Watford FC 30 -28 22
19 Burnley FC 28 -18 21
20 Norwich City 30 -45 18
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 14
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 14
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8

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