The UEFA Champions League journey for Chelsea has come to an end, and due to their current position in the Premier League table (11th), they will not participate in the competition until at least 2024.
On Tuesday evening, the Blues went into the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Real Madrid with a 2-0 deficit.
Last week, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scored for Los Blancos, securing a relatively easy victory on home soil.
The responsibility fell on Chelsea to rekindle their attacking prowess at Stamford Bridge, but unsurprisingly, they were unable to do so.
Instead, it was Real Madrid who scored twice, ruffling the back of the net in west London.
Rodrygo Goes was the one who scored both goals, securing the Spanish side’s spot in yet another Champions League semi-final. Real Madrid will now face either Manchester City or Bayern Munich.
Rodrygo’s second goal vs Chelsea
Nah the way Rodrygo waited to tap it in is sending me 🤣🤣🤣
We’re actually toying with them 😭😭pic.twitter.com/vziPkXn9aU
— Noodle Vini (@vini_ball) April 18, 2023
That assist from Fede Valverde was pretty darn special, wasn’t it?
pragmatic starting XI with Conor Gallagher and Kai Havertz as the two main attackers.
However, in the second half, the Blues brought in a host of offensive-minded players from the bench, including Joao Felix.
Despite being on loan at Chelsea, the Portuguese player has been underwhelming, and his performance didn’t improve after he was brought on against Real Madrid.
Almost immediately after his arrival, Joao Felix highlighted his struggles on the field.
The former Benfica player embarked on a twisting run from deep within his half, leaving a few Real Madrid players behind.
However, when it came time to make a simple pass to N’Golo Kante to maintain the momentum of the counterattack, Felix was unable to complete the task, highlighting his struggles during his loan spell at Chelsea.
Instead, he allowed Eduardo Camavinga to make a crucial interception…
The moment Felix summed up Chelsea struggles vs Real Madrid
If João Felix could be described in a short clip. pic.twitter.com/JXn2pE7rSR
— Frank 🧠🇳🇱 (@TenHagEra) April 18, 2023
You’ve just got to do better there, Joao, especially when the hard part has been pulled off in such stylish fashion.
Here’s how some fans have reacted on social media…
So, the question that has to be asked is; should Chelsea make Felix’s move permanent in the summer?
Well, given the 23-year-old has not improved the team, scored only two goals and didn’t start in the most important game of the season, it’s probably best if the club don’t.
Not to mention Felix would cost north of £80 million…