Real Madrid defeated Chelsea 2-0 for the second time in a week as Rodrygo scored twice in the second half to secure their spot in the Champions League semifinals.
The Brazilian completed deft movements from close range to hand Frank Lampard his fourth straight loss since returning to Stamford Bridge and guarantee the holders a spot in the round of 16 with a 4-0 win overall.
The team of Carlo Ancelotti will take on Bayern Munich or Manchester City.
1. Chelsea wastefulness punishes them… again
2. The team is talented, but it still has a very long way to go.
Individuals displayed some genuine quality throughout this match versus Real Madrid, but it wasn’t enough. The squad has tremendous ability, but certain essential elements are lacking. There were moments of brilliance from the Blues, but you need more than that to advance in the Champions League against one of the top teams in the world.
3. Chelsea can compete with the best
It was always going to be a difficult challenge for Lampard’s team to face the defending European Champions, but they showed throughout the course of the two games that they are capable of competing at the greatest level. They put up a good fight against Los Blancos, but they were ultimately vanquished. Because they aren’t playing at this level consistently, the Blues need to carry over their performance from this game into every other one. The missed opportunities across the tie were ultimately what lost them.
4) Need to make more of set-pieces and crosses
Corners, free kicks, and crosses from Chelsea were either taken too short or too lengthy, losing chances from set pieces. Even though there isn’t always much to aim for in the middle, especially from crosses, the Blues need to deliver their goods with greater quality. When chances from set-pieces were missed, the crowd’s annoyance was clear.
5. This season is over
The Blues’ season is essentially finished after this loss. Even though there are still seven Premier League games left, Chelsea has no chance of winning anything and is not in the running for any qualifying spots for Europe. If the west London team wants to succeed going into the upcoming season, significant changes are needed.