Real Madrid defeated Chelsea on 5-4 aggregate to clinch a place in the last four of the Champions League despite their heroic display at Santiago Bernabeu but the Stamford Bridge outfit sent a warning signal to the 13th time champions.
Real Madrid was on the verge of elimination with the Blues leading 3-0 at some point of the match and it would have been worse if Marcos Alonso’s goal have stood to make it the fourth but thanks to VAR intervention that ruled out the goal. it was at this level that Real Madrid took the course to reach the last four as an important task.
However, as Carlo Ancelotti pointed out at the full time, that goal served to awaken the beast that is Real Madrid.
“Going 3-0 down liberated us and then the magic of this stadium came out, the magic of this club came out,” he said.
That magic was seen in Luka Modric’s magnificent assist for Rodrygo Goes to make it 3-1 and send the match to extra time.
Real Madrid needs to work on their leaky defence, even if Thibaut Courtois is the best in the world and he is protected by a porous backline he would find himself in a mess most times and conceding goals could be as easy as it was last night.
Real Madrid players were aware that needed not to concede two or more goals and it was exactly what they did as the defence line utterly collapse and the team needs to rely on their offence to bail them out.
Real Madrid’s leaky defence was exposed by Chelsea and to progress beyond the semi-final stage, this issue needs to be fixed as soon as possible.