December 7, 2022

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PLAYER RATINGS: Ngolo Kante unlocked Real Madrid for both goals

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Chelsea secured their place in the Champions League final after beating Real Madrid 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday night. 

The result at Stamford Bridge sees Thomas Tuchel’s side progress 3-1 on aggregate – making the German the first manager to make back-to-back Champions League finals with different clubs.   

As a result, Chelsea will now face Manchester City – who beat PSG 2-0 on Tuesday night.  

Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel gives his verdict on how each player performed at Stamford Bridge this evening. 

Chelsea progressed to the Champions League final after being Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate

Chelsea progressed to the Champions League final after being Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate

Chelsea progressed to the Champions League final after being Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate

CHELSEA (3-4-3)

Edouard Mendy: 8

Two massive stops to deny Benzema proved crucial. His first season at Chelsea has been hugely successful. 

Edouard Mendy's two massive stops to deny Benzema proved to be crucial for Chelsea

Edouard Mendy's two massive stops to deny Benzema proved to be crucial for Chelsea

Edouard Mendy’s two massive stops to deny Benzema proved to be crucial for Chelsea

Andreas Christensen: 7

Kept his cool in the heat of battle. Played a key role on a tense night. Booked. 

Thiago Silva: 7.5

His experience and know-how were invaluable for Chelsea in the closing stages. A colossus for his team. 

Antonio Rudiger: 7.5

Combative in defence and motored forward when he had the opportunity. An excellent display. 

Antonio Rudiger was combative in defence and motored forward when he had the opportunity

Antonio Rudiger was combative in defence and motored forward when he had the opportunity

Antonio Rudiger was combative in defence and motored forward when he had the opportunity

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7

Used all his experience to thwart Real when they broke forward. A captain’s contribution. 

Ngolo Kante: 9

Huge contribution again. Didn’t stop running and unlocked Real for both goals. Brilliant. 

Jorginho: 7.5

Kept things ticking over nicely in midfield. Emerging as one of Chelsea’s heroes of the season. Booked. 

Ben Chilwell: 7 

The England international won his personal battle with Vinicius to play a key role on a euphoric night. 

Ben Chilwell won his personal battle with Vinicius to play a key role on a euphoric night

Ben Chilwell won his personal battle with Vinicius to play a key role on a euphoric night

Ben Chilwell won his personal battle with Vinicius to play a key role on a euphoric night

Mason Mount: 7

Didn’t see as much of the ball as he would have liked but still scored Chelsea’s vital second to see his team home. 

Kai Havertz: 7

Coolness personified in the build up to Chelsea’s opener. Could have scored a hat-trick and looked a threat all night. 

Timo Werner: 7.5

Much maligned this season, but his 16 goal haul thus far isn’t the worst return. Coming into form.

Chelsea's Timo Werner - who provided the first goal of the game - is coming into form

Chelsea's Timo Werner - who provided the first goal of the game - is coming into form

Chelsea’s Timo Werner – who provided the first goal of the game – is coming into form

Subs: Pulisic 7 (Werner 68); James (Azpilicueta 88); Ziyech (Mount 88); Giroud (Havertz 90)

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Subs not used: Caballero, Kepa, Alonso, Emerson, Zouma, Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham

Thomas Tuchel: 8

Becomes the only manger to reach back-to-back Champions League finals with different clubs. What an impact he’s had. 

REAL MADRID (3-5-2)

Thibault Courtois: 6

The 6ft 7in keeper somehow found himself being lobbed in the lead up to Chelsea’s opener. A miserable return. 

Sergio Ramos: 5.5

The captain was back from injury but Real still looked vulnerable in defence. Booked. 

The captain, Sergio Ramos, was back from injury but Real still looked vulnerable in defence

The captain, Sergio Ramos, was back from injury but Real still looked vulnerable in defence

The captain, Sergio Ramos, was back from injury but Real still looked vulnerable in defence

Eder Militao: 5.5.

Ventured forward regularly from centre back but looked anything but assured when asked to defend. 

Nacho: 5.5

Lunged in in the lead up to Chelsea’s opener and his team paid the price. Looked uncomfortable all night. 

Ferland Mendy: 5.5

His return was viewed as a boost for Real but his performance didn’t live up to the billing. 

Luka Modric: 6 

Oozed class whenever in possession but Chelsea didn’t give him time to settle. 

Casemiro: 6

Exactly what you would expect from the Brazilian: endeavour, work-rate and energy. But it wasn’t enough. 

Toni Kroos: 6

Everything Real had to offer went through the German but he struggled to unlock Chelsea’s mean defence. 

Junior Vinicius: 5.5

Utilised in an unorthodox wing-back position and didn’t look comfortable at all. 

Eden Hazard: 5 

Back at the club he was revered for so long but the Belgian looked way short of his best. 

Back at the club Hazard was revered for so long but the Belgian looked way short of his best

Back at the club Hazard was revered for so long but the Belgian looked way short of his best

Back at the club Hazard was revered for so long but the Belgian looked way short of his best

Karim Benzema: 6.5 

Carried his team’s attacking threat and was denied by an excellent goalkeeping display from Mendy. 

Subs: Valverde 5 (Mendy 63); Asensio 5 (Vinicius 63); Rodrygo (Casemiro 76); Mariano (Hazard 89)

Subs not used: Lunin, Altube, Marcelo, Odriozola, Isco, Arribas, Blanco, Miguel.

Zinedine Zidane: 5.5

His team lacked invention and ideas. On this evidence his team is in desperate need of fresh blood. 

Referee Daniele Orsato (ITA): 6

 Kept a tight lid on proceedings and brandished the yellow when the night threaten to simmer over. 

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