Real Madrid survived a scare against Chelsea to advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Chelsea were up by three goals to nil against hosts Real Madrid and were on the verge of making it to the last four of the tournament. However, Rodrygo pulled one goal back to send the tie into extra time with Karim Benzema once against netting the second to knock out Chelsea on 5-4 aggregate.
Speaking after the match, Carlo Ancelotti hailed Santiago Bernabeu for showing the players support throughout the entire match.
“We’ve got through because we showed the energy, particularly towards the end of the game to keep ourselves in it,” he said.
“All of the players stood up and were counted and it was a tough night. We didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down. We struggled on set pieces because we were missing our best player in that department who is Militão and what’s more, their first goal came from a rebound. We didn’t show the desire to score goals and after going 2-0 down, the team suffered mentally. I can’t explain any of the rest of it. The magic of this stadium helps the players to never give in.”
“At no stage did I think that it was over, particularly because we were playing here at the Bernabéu. It’s difficult to put it into words, but this magic spurs you on. It helped to give the whole team that energy boost to get through to the semi-finals and Carvajal played very well at center-back. I’m really pleased to have gotten through to the semi-finals with this club. We really had to dig in, but I’m happy.”
“He brings quality and additional energy. He can play as a starter, but when he comes on he contributes with his energy for the team. When the intensity of the games drops, Valverde and Rodrygo help us out as they’re fresh and they can change the game.”
With the victory on aggregate, Madrid reached their 10th Champions League semifinal in the last 12 seasons.