Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Chelsea were “superior” and “deserved” in their Champions League semi-final victory over Real Madrid when the Frenchman saw his side knock out the penultimate hurdle.
The goals by Timo Werner and Mason Mount ensured that Los Blancos did not succeed in a fourth European title under the World Cup winner, as they were outdone by the Blues on Stamford Bridge.
The result means Thomas Tuchel’s side will face Manchester City in Istanbul later this month, while Madrid will try to defend the La Liga crown for the last time.
What was said
“They were superior, they deserved the win,” Zidane said after Chelsea’s 4-1 aggregate win over RMC Sport. “They were more effective as the game progressed and they had a lot of chances.”
“In the course of the two games they deserved the qualification. These are games of a very high level. [and] We missed something tonight. It’s not about organization, although it was difficult in the duels.
“But I said that anyway, but I’m still very proud of my players. The path they have come with the difficulties we have faced. We have to congratulate ourselves for coming here. We were one game away from the final. But tonight. ” they were better. “
Zidane also played shyly about whether this was his last Champions League game for Madrid, adding: “I haven’t thought of anything tonight it’s just a disappointment for everyone.
“Besides that, we have four La Liga games left. We’ll rest and focus on getting something.”
The bigger picture
With the exit from Europe confirmed, Madrid’s only chance at silver remains a successful title defense in the league.
They stalled in their first Copa del Rey game of the season, losing to Alcoyano in extra time and losing to Athletic Club in the Supercopa de Espana semifinals.
Now their only hope is the league – but to win they would have to face rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to get a clean shot.