Real Madrid vs Chelsea: They were the better team but we ultimately won the tie, says Real's Thibaut Courtois after reaching Champions League last-4

The second leg at Santiago Bernabeu saw Chelsea take a 3-0 lead but goals from Rodrygo and Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid to secure a 5-4 aggregate win.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois; Credit: Twitter/@realmadriden
By Sreejith C R | Apr 13, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made a honest claim that Chelsea “were the better team but his side ultimately won the tie”. The Los Blancos knocked the holders out of the Champions League last-8 stage after securing a 5-4 aggregate win. The second leg at Santiago Bernabeu saw Chelsea take a 3-0 lead but the hosts pulled one back through Rodrygo to force the game into extra time before Karim Benzema’s header helped Real to book a meeting with either Atletico Madrid or Manchester City in the semi-finals. 

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“We weren’t lucky, but it’s true that they were the better team. We ultimately won the tie,” the Belgian claimed. Tuchel revealed in his post-match presser that he was proud of his troops.

Goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner put the visitors firmly on track to secure a remarkable turnaround, but a moment of magic from Luka Modric spoiled Chelsea’s dreams. The Croatian delivered a stunning assist with the outside of his right foot for Rodrygo to volley home and make the aggregate score 4-4. In the 95th minute, Benzema headed home from Vinicius’ cross to seal Real’s passage into the next round.  

“We are very disappointed and very proud at the same time because we played a fantastic match,” the Germain explained. In the end we were unlucky. We deserved to go through after this performance and match today but it was not meant to be. You need luck in games like this and it was not on our side.

“Over both legs and for sure today we deserved to go through. Unlucky but there are no regrets. These are the kind of defeats that you can take with pride. You accept as a sportsman.”

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