Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro accepts that Chelsea were the better team

Chelsea overcome Real Madrid’s challenge to win 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of the Champions League.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in a file photo; Credit: Casemiro Twitter

Real Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro believes that they started the match well but in the end, Chelsea played better. Chelsea defeated Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal to reach the final with a 3-1 aggregate win. “We were better in the first 25 minutes and Karim had a couple of chances,” the Brazilian midfielder added.

“Then they created more chances and played better. We can’t make excuses. There’s no turning back. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. Now we have to focus on the league. This weekend we face Sevilla and it’ll be a really tough match. It was a great opportunity to reach the final, Chelsea were the better team and we must congratulate them.”

Disappointed at the Champions League loss, the Brazilian wants to focus on the upcoming matches in the league. “We have to think about our next game at Real Madrid. We’re disappointed because it would have been a great achievement to get to the final after the year we’ve had with so many injuries, Covid-19 and playing without fans, but we did our best. Every game is difficult and today we saw how tough it is to win the Champions League,” he said.

Courtois agrees with Casemiro

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois conceded that Chelsea were the better team on the night. “In the first half we had control of the ball but we didn’t create enough. We had a good chance with Karim’s effort but the keeper made a great save and then they got the opener,” he added.

“In the second half we tried to get the goal but they defended well and hurt us on the counter-attack. It’s tough to take but we have to keep going because that’s football and you lose sometimes. We have to rest up now before Sunday’s game against Sevilla. We tried to attack and cause them problems but they’re really quick on the counter and that’s where they hurt you.”

Stating that it’s not easy to play in the premier European competition, Courtois assured that the team will fight to reach the final next season. “The Champions League is not easy. Sometimes you come up against a superior team like we did tonight and there’s not much you can do.”

“Next year we’ll fight to try and get to the final but there are big teams around and you won’t always make it. It was our dream but Chelsea played better than us.”

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