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Kepa Gets 7.5, Chilwell With 5 | Chelsea Players Rated In Poor Defeat Vs Real Madrid

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Chelsea faced off against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a good result on the road in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash. The Blues made a slow start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 21st minute when Karim Benzema found the back of the net. Frank Lampard’s players failed to mount a comeback and went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.

Ben Chilwell let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 59th minute. Real Madrid made their numerical advantage count as Marco Asensio scored in the 74th minute. The match ended with Chelsea crashing to a poor 2-0 defeat away from home.

Let’s take a look at how each Chelsea player fared during the match against Los Blancos.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 7.5/10

The Spanish keeper made a lot of crucial saves at the back but still ended up conceding two goals tonight.

CB: Wesley Fofana – 6/10

He tried his best to keep things tidy at the back and it was not enough in the end.

CB: Thiago Silva – 7/10

Silva cleared the danger when needed and was accurate with his passing. He was Chelsea’s best defender tonight.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – 6.5/10

He made a few important contributions when defending inside his half but was replaced in the 54th minute.

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (L) scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 12, 2023. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

RM: Reece James – 6/10

James came back to defend when required and made two good runs with the ball.

CM: N’Golo Kante – 6/10

He struggled to get a foothold in the game and produced an underwhelming display at the centre of the park.

CM: Enzo Fernandez – 6.5/10

Fernandez had a few lively moments at both ends of the field.

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 6/10

He tried his best to protect his backline but offered very little in the Real Madrid half.

LM: Ben Chilwell – 5/10

Chilwell let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 59th minute.

ST: Raheem Sterling – 6/10

The former Liverpool winger had two bright moments in the game but never looked like he would score.

ST: Joao Felix – 6.5/10

Felix caused a few headaches for the opposition defenders but didn’t do enough to register a goal.


LB: Marc Cucurella – 6/10

He was accurate with his passing.

ST: Kai Havertz – 6/10

The German sensation failed to find the back of the net.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 6/10

He hardly gave away the ball.

CM: Conor Gallagher – 6/10

Gallagher added some energy to Lampard’s midfield.

CM: Mason Mount – 6/10

The English talent struggled to influence the game.

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