Real Madrid Vs Chelsea – Match In Pictures
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Chelsea hero Cesc Fabregas singled out N’Golo Kante as the star man for the Blues in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday. Kante put in a stellar performance in the Chelsea midfield as Thomas Tuchel’s side took a 1-1 draw away from Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the perfect start in Madrid, scoring within 15 minutes.
The Blues could have easily been further in front, with Timo Werner earlier wasting a glorious opportunity.
Karim Benzema equalised for Real but the showing from French compatriot Kante throughout the match frustrated Zinedine Zidane’s side.
And his former team-mate Fabregas could not hide his admiration of Kante’s performance on social media.
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Fabregas tweeted: “N’golo has always been a big game player. Never doubt him. He plays for 2.”
The Spaniard thinks it is equally balanced heading into the second leg in west London next week.
Fabregas posted: “A close game in Madrid means we’re set up nicely for next week’s 2nd leg at the Bridge! Was that a fair result on the balance of play?”
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was pleased with his team’s performance but admits they could have scored more following their early barrage of pressure on the Real goal.
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Azpilicueta told BT Sport: “I think we started really well for the first 20-25 minutes, we got the goal and I think we could have scored more. They got back from a set play.
“It is just the first half, we knew against Real Madrid it would be tough.
“We started with courage, we had to perform at our best level. The semi-final of a Champions League asks you to play your best. We missed that little last pass where we could choose the best option.
“I think in the overall analysis we performed well.”
Benzema scored his 71st career Champions League goal to move level with Real legend Raul.
Azpilicueta says the striker is a player they must keep an eye on in next week’s second leg.
“Benzema scored a great goal, he is a very good striker,” the defender added.
“He dropped, he got the ball and got that goal. We have to be aware for the next game.
“As a unit I think we are all improving and all growing.”
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