Chelsea vs Real Madrid, player ratings: N'Golo Kante excels in midfield as Eden Hazard goes missing

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Chelsea vs Real Madrid, player ratings: N'Golo Kante excels in midfield as Eden Hazard goes missing - GETTY IMAGES
Chelsea vs Real Madrid, player ratings: N'Golo Kante excels in midfield as Eden Hazard goes missing - GETTY IMAGES

Goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount took Chelsea into an all-English Champions League final at the expense of a tired and underwhelming Real Madrid.

But who impressed most in the Champions League semi-final second leg, and who failed to perform?

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1)

Edouard Mendy 8

What a signing he has proved to be. Made two crucial saves in the first half, denying the dangerous Benzema, and was alert throughout. A calm and authoritative showing.

Andreas Christensen 7

Booked for catching Mendy’s foot in the first half, which looked like a nervous challenge, but went on to largely keep Hazard away from the final third. Played simply and effectively.

Thiago Silva 7

Headed over from Chilwell’s second-half cross when he might have done better. Otherwise was alert to Benzema’s movement, keeping the Frenchman quiet for much of the game.

Antonio Rudiger 7

Surprisingly keen to push forward, unleashing a powerful early strike and trying to join a few counter-attacks afterwards. Has grown into such a key part of Tuchel’s team.

Cesar Azpilicueta 7

Appeared to enjoy the battle against Hazard, his old team-mate. Delivered a superb cross for Havertz after half-time, but was generally happier to sit deeper in Chelsea’s half.

N’Golo Kante 9

As tireless as ever, he started the move that led to Werner’s goal. In a different league, physically, to the Real midfielders. Should have scored from Werner’s pass.

Jorginho 7

Shown an early yellow card for a foul on Hazard, he had to be careful from then on. Kept it simple, controlling the pace of Chelsea’s play, and defended diligently.

Ben Chilwell 7

Locked in a fierce battle with Vinicius Junior, he gave away nothing in defence and looked to push forward whenever the opportunity arose. Looks well suited to this level.

Kai Havertz 7

Produced some silky touches, causing problems throughout, but had to be more clinical. Twice struck the bar and fired straight at Courtois after charging through the Real defence.

Mason Mount 8

Visibly frustrated with the lack of service at times in the first half. Fired over with a huge chance after the break but made no mistake with his late tap-in.

Timo Werner 7

Could have stayed onside for an early disallowed goal but made no mistake with his close-range header to give Chelsea the lead. Attacked with menace before his substitution.

REAL MADRID (4-2-3-1)

Thibaut Courtois 6

Needed to use all of his height to deny Havertz in the second half, spreading himself against his former club. Could do nothing about either goal.

Eder Militao 5

So impressive at centre-back last week, he looked a less comfortable in a more right-sided position. Could not do much to stop Chelsea’s numerous counter-attacks.

Sergio Ramos 5

Inevitably booked on his return to the team, following some customary off-the-ball scuffling. Marshalled the Real defence but was unable to produce more Champions League heroics.

Nacho 5

Angry lunge on Havertz summed up Real’s frustration at the start of the second half. Struggled to keep the roaming German under control throughout the match.

Ferland Mendy 4

Offered little in possession and did not provide much help for his fellow defenders, either. Tried to push forward but never caused problems for Azpilicueta on Chelsea’s right.

Casemiro 5

So dominant against Liverpool in the previous round, he could not get close to Kante and looked slow when faced with the speed of Chelsea’s attacking players.

Toni Kroos 5

Tested Mendy with an early strike from range but was largely unable to control the flow of the game as he usually does. Occasionally looked tired and slow against Chelsea’s energy.

Vinicius Junior 5

Playing on the right rather than the left, he looked sharp in possession without ever managing to hurt the Chelsea defence. Spent much of his night chasing Chilwell.

Luka Modric 6

Powerful shot kept Mendy on his toes in the opening exchanges. Did more than any other Real midfielder to make things happen for his side, without ever opening Chelsea up.

Eden Hazard 4

Forced an early yellow card for Jorginho on his return to Stamford Bridge but struggled for influence against his former side. Did not look fully fit, to Chelsea’s relief.

Karim Benzema 6

Curling effort brought the best out of Mendy before his powerful header was tipped over the bar. Always carried the most threat but could not shake off Christensen or Silva.