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Chelsea 0-2 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

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Real Madrid booked a berth in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League for the second season in a row on Tuesday night. It was a special night at Stamford Bridge as the defending champions scored two goals past Chelsea without conceding a single goal across both legs.

Rodrygo was the man who shone brightest midweek, scoring both goals with a phenomenal understanding of linkup and positioning. However, the game was far from as east as the scoreline suggests.

The Blues pushed hard for the opening 45 minutes and it was only in the second period that the men in white could put the game to bed. Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from Chelsea vs Real Madrid.

Thibaut Courtois: 8

Chelsea’s inspired first half at Stamford Bridge did not lead to any direct threats to Courtois’ goal. However, he was called into action twice in the half to make vital saves.

His most important contribution perhaps came just before the half-time whistle when the hosts’ ball crossfield fell at Marc Cucurella’s feet. The youngster attempted a close-range volley into the open goal but the Belgian’s timely interception and dive saved his team’s lead on the night.

Was called into action four more times from inside the box in the second half, but proved why he is one of the world’s finest under pressure.

Daniel Carvajal: 7.5

The Spanish right-back had a solid first half that boasted an all-round performance. He not only recorded two key passes but completed an interception, and two tackles and won 100% of his ground duels.

Completed his night with seven critical defensive actions and made way for Nacho Fernandez.

Eder Militao: 9

The Brazilian is arguably Real Madrid’s best defender at the moment and he showed his quality once more at Stamford Bridge. Made a vital block early in the second half to deny N’Golo Kante from scoring a sure-shot goal.

Completed the game with a stunning eight clearances, three blocked shots, an interception, a tackle and three duels won. Not much more to be said.

David Alaba: 8

Started the game as the centre-back alongside Eder Militao and played a valuable role in the first half in keeping the Blues at bay. He managed two clearances, two interceptions and a tackle in 45 minutes before making way for Antonio Rudiger at half-time.

Eduardo Camavinga: 7.5

Started as the left-back and delivered yet another masterclass. The young Frenchman is now beginning to look like an out-and-out defender and his performance do not show that he is in a foreign position.

He won a whopping eleven duels and nine other defensive actions on the night in addition to two dribbles completed.

Federico Valverde: 7.5

A valuable spell from Valverde who did not have any headline-creating involvements but perfectly carried out what was asked of him. He was calm under pressure, impeccable with his distribution and solid in winning the ball back.

Was sensational for the team’s second goal of the night as he danced past the pressure of the defence to set up Rodrygo Goes to an open goal.

Toni Kroos: 7.5

The midfielder, whose future was finally clear on the night after months of speculation, once again reiterated why the team revolves around him. In 90 minutes, the German completed 94% of his passes and 75% of his attempted long balls before making way for Dani Ceballos

Luka Modric: 7

The graceful Luka Modric not only started but completed the 90 minutes on the night. Worked silent, but hard and did not do much wrong on Real Madrid’s night of ecstasy.

Rodrygo: 9

The young winger was the star on the night as he scored the team’s third goal on aggregate just before the hour mark and virtually killed off the game for Real Madrid.

His moment came in the form of a rampant counter that began with Militao’s pass. The Brazilian was set free and thus made a rampaging run towards Chelsea’s box where he sent a neat cutback to Vinicius Jr. His compatriot selflessly returned the ball, leaving an empty goal for him to bury the ball into.

His stellar night continued with a second goal in the 81st minute when Valverde eliminated the entire Chelsea defence with his skills and set him up to bury a sitter. Made way for Marco Asensio after his second.

Karim Benzema: 6.5

Benzema began the game with a low profile, managing an xG of just 0.1 in the first 45 minutes and taking two shots. Came slightly back to life early in the second half but was far from his usual menacing self in front of the goal. Missed a golden chance in the 66th minute before he was withdrawn with 20 minutes to go for Aurelien Tchouameni.

Vinicius Jr: 8

With Chelsea having more of the ball and better movements in attack, Vinicius had a rather dull first half on Tuesday. The youngster had just 10 passes in the half and seldom got the chance to break into a counter-attack and run riot.

The situation changed after the restart of play and Los Blancos began a more determined period of attack. Vinicius, thus, came back to life and looked his usual self on the counter.

He played a big part in Rodrygo’s opener, standing at the right place at the right time to receive his cut-back and link up with his forward run.

Substitutes

Antonio Rudiger: 7.5

Played the second half against his former side and completed the game with four defensive actions. He was not dribbled past once in 45 minutes and carried the club’s crest with pride at his former home.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6.5

The Frenchman saw valuable minutes in the middle of the park but did not have much glamour to show off at full-time.

Dani Ceballos: 6.5

Played 15 minutes after coming on, did not miss a pass and made no glaring errors in the middle of the park.

Nacho Fernandez

Did not play enough to warrant a rating.

Marco Asensio

Did not play enough to warrant a rating.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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