Chelsea would possibly nicely be feeling discontent regardless of a optimistic 1-1 draw at Actual Madrid within the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
The 2 sides traded very good targets, first from Christian Pulisic after which Karim Benzema, to make sure it’s all sq. heading to Stamford Bridge subsequent week, though the Blues have that essential away aim.
However that slight benefit might’ve been far larger after a gap 30 minutes which noticed Thomas Tuchel’s males play Madrid off the park.
After an astonishing miss from Timo Werner, Chelsea received a deserved lead within the 14th minute when Pulisic rounded former Blue Thibaut Courtois and stored his composure to beat quite a few white shirts on the road.
Fifteen minutes of intense stress adopted and it regarded just like the guests might run away with it – just for Benzema to point out his class.
The France striker drew stage with Raul because the fourth-highest scorer in Champions League historical past with a unbelievable scissor-kick volley within the field.
“Gorgeous end from such a high operator in Benzema,” former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend instructed talkSPORT on commentary.
“He didn’t give the Chelsea goalkeeper a prayer. It’s a surprising aim that brings them again right into a recreation they actually don’t should be.”
He added at full-time: “I hope they don’t rue these possibilities within the first 30 minutes. It ought to have been significantly better than it completed up.
“Nonetheless if you’re up in opposition to nice gamers like Benzema they may create possibilities. He punished them.
“They go in with that away aim and with that mindset they know they’ll break this Madrid facet.”
A much more even second adopted as each managers responded to an extremely open first 45 minutes.
The headline, the truth is, was most likely the introduction of Eden Hazard to face his former membership, though the Belgian didn’t have a lot of an influence.
By the top, it felt like a superb consequence for Chelsea – however will they give the impression of being again at that first half with remorse subsequent Wednesday?