Former Premier League striker Darren Bent has singled out Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante for his poor performance against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
The Blues reacted well to their 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge in the first leg and completely dominated Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. Thomas Tuchel’s side took a 3-0 lead at one point in the second leg. However, Real Madrid staged a late comeback to secure their place in the semi-finals.
Rodrygo’s 80th-minute strike and Karim Benzema scoring another goal in extra time saw Carlo Ancelotti’s side win 4-3 on aggregate.
Darren Bent claimed the Blues were ‘undone by three moments of magic’ from Real Madrid and every Chelsea player ‘stepped up’ except for Kante. The 38-year-old admitted he was disappointed with the Frenchman, who ‘kept giving the ball away’. Bent told talkSPORT:
“You could say that Chelsea were undone by three moments of magic. Chelsea were superb. To go to the Bernabeu and dominate possession like they did, play as well as they did. Every one of their players stepped up. “
“Probably the only one who disappointed me a bit was Kante. He kept giving the ball away. We’re not used to seeing Kante play that way. So that’s probably the one I’ve been a bit disappointed.”
The former England striker says Kante has struggled throughout the season, unlike the 31-year-old. He also claimed that ‘it will be interesting to see’ what the Blues do this summer after Kante’s form dips. Ben added:
“He doesn’t seem to be the player he has been in previous seasons. This season I think he struggled to keep the ball. He gave the ball away. I think in the first leg he was knocked out at halftime. That doesn’t happen to N’Golo Kanté. As we saw last season when they won it, he intensifies in these type of games. He didn’t It will be interesting to see what they (Chelsea) do this summer.
Chelsea should be proud of them despite losing to Real Madrid on aggregate
The west London club have been through turbulent times in recent weeks as owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government.
It is quite admirable that Thomas Tuchel still managed to keep the morale of his workforce intact.
Losing 3-1 to Real Madrid at home was a huge setback for the Blues. However, they showed fighting spirit to bring the Spanish side’s game to their own backyard.
The Blues certainly have a particular trainer in Tuchel as well as players with a strong mentality. Every Chelsea fan should be proud of the performance of Tuchel and his men during an uncertain time for the club.