Thibaut Courtois admitted that Real Madrid felt “frustrated” because they were unable to defeat Chelsea in the Champions League.
Real Madrid won 2-0 against Chelsea in the first leg of their quarter-final match at Santiago Bernabeu, with Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scoring the goals.
Even with a numerical advantage for the last third of the game after Ben Chilwell committed a foul on Rodrygo and was sent off, Madrid couldn’t turn their pressure into a goal.
Courtois and his teammates will go to Stamford Bridge with a 2-goal lead
After the match, Thibaut Courtois, a former Chelsea goalkeeper, expressed his disappointment that his team couldn’t score more goals before the second leg next week.
He told UEFA.com: “Every time you play a big knockout match, you feel like you could have and should have finished the tie off.”
“Chelsea nearly scored right, at the end. This is a good result, but the fact that they didn’t score a third or even a fourth goal is bothering them.
“I hope we don’t regret not having added another when we play again next week.”
The Belgian goalkeeper performed very well on two Chelsea chances early in the game and prevented the opponent from scoring, which will help Los Blancos a lot in the second match.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side mostly controlled the game at home against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who found it difficult to establish themselves in the game for extended periods.
However, despite players like Benzema, Luka Modric, and Rodrygo missing multiple opportunities during the game, Courtois may have a valid concern about the possibility of a comeback by Chelsea in London.