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‘Superior’ Chelsea deserved to win against Real Madrid – Zidane

Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid
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The Spanish champions hardly posed any threat to their English opponents, who could’ve easily won by a much larger margin.

Chelsea were “superior” and “more effective” and deserved to beat Real Madrid, admitted Zinedine Zidane after his side crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Goals from Mason Mount and Timo Werner in either half saw Chelsea beat Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge and cruise to the Champions League finals.

The hosts controlled 68 percent of possession but had nothing to show for it in the end. Looking lethargic at times, they struggled to create chances and never really troubled the opposition goalkeeper bar the two efforts by Karim Benzema in the first half.

The hosts, meanwhile, looked much sharper, hungrier, and determined and, if not for some faulty finishing, made the defeat much more embarrassing for the record winners of the competition as they had 15 shot attempts out of which only five were on target.

“They were superior, they deserved to win,” Zidane told RMC Sport after the full-time whistle.

“They were more effective over the course of the match, they had a lot of chances too. Over the course of the two matches, they deserve the qualification.

“These are matches of a very high level, [and] we missed something tonight. It is not about organization, even though in the duels it was difficult.

“But anyway I have said that, but I remain very proud of my players. The path they have achieved with the difficulties that we have experienced. We have to congratulate ourselves for getting here. We were one match away from the final. But tonight they were better.”