In the semi-final second leg of the Champions League, Real Madrid didn’t stand a chance against Chelsea. Los Blancos were ultimately beaten 2-0. “Sky” expert Lothar Matthäus criticized the Spaniards sharply – especially defensive boss Sergio Ramos got his fat off.
“The midfielders were overwhelmed because of the speed, Ramos was overwhelmed, the full-backs were overwhelmed,” said the record international after the top flight of the Madrilenians and emphasized: “The speed made the clear difference today.”
Especially the performance of captain Ramos was a thorn in the side of Matthew. The veteran reported back in time for the CL second leg after a long break from injury.
“Ramos is not in his best shape after a two-month break. Against the speed of the Chelsea players you simply need physical fitness, experience alone does not help you,” said Matthäus. That was particularly noticeable in one-on-one situations, in which the 35-year-old “didn’t get down to business” “as one is used to from him”.
“Real relied on experience, but this experience has come to a certain age,” said Matthäus further and added: “Ramos couldn’t keep up with the speed of the young Chelsea offensive.”
Werner meets and raves
After the 1-1 draw in the first leg, the Blues defeated the Whites 2-0 (1-0) at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening and made it back to the premier class final for the first time since 2012 and the win against FC Bayern.
National striker Timo Werner (28th minute) and young star Mason Mount (85th) scored the goals. “How we did that today was impressive,” said the former Leipzig on the TV channel “Sky”.
Just over a week ago he missed a huge chance in Madrid, but now, after great preparatory work by national team colleague Kai Havertz, he headed in from close range.
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