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UCL: I Thought Chelsea Were Through After My Goal – Werner

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Timo Werner thought Chelsea had completed their mission when he put them three up last night in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals second leg played at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Having conceded a 3-1 defeat last week, Chelsea took the game to Real Madrid as they battled to do a comeback and book a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

With Mason Mount giving Chelsea a dream start after 15 minutes, Antonio Rudiger’s header pulled Thomas Tuchel’s men level on aggregate six minutes into the second half.

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Werner’s fine solo effort put Chelsea in control with 15 minutes to play, but Real Madrid sub-Rodrygo’s 80th-minute strike sent the tie into extra time when Karim Benzema’s header proved to be decisive.

Reflecting on the 5-4 aggregate defeat, Werner said: “When I celebrated my goal I thought this is it.

“We could have scored before that to make it 3-0, but the officials didn’t give it to us.

“It is a point you can talk about but when I scored I thought we are through.

“We nearly gave no chances to Real Madrid but in the end, we have to say the goals they scored were very good.”

Werner, who made away for Christian Pulisic in the 83rd minute, was proud to be a part of what will be remembered as a Champions League classic.

He added: “To come back after a 3-1 defeat in the home game was very good for us.

“We had everything that we needed at 3-0 up, we had the chance to go through.

“But in the end, you can’t stop Real Madrid over the whole time. But we tried everything in normal time and extra time.”

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