Zinedine Zidane Admits Real Madrid Were Inferior In Chelsea Win

Zinedine Zidane has acknowledged Real Madrid were inferior after they fell to defeat in the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz secured a 2-0 second-leg win for the Blues, who will now play Manchester City in an all-English final.

And there were no complaints from Los Blancos boss over the outcome.

“They deserved the victory,” he said. “We have tried but they’ve deserved it.

“We have to be proud to have come this far and to congratulate Chelsea.

“If my players have played it’s because they were ready for the 90 minutes.

“We lacked strength up front, but I’m very proud of my players.

“Today is a hard moment, but tomorrow we will work again thinking about the next game.”

Asked about the involvement of Sergio Ramos – back from a spell out with injury – and Ferland Mendy, Zidane added:

“Ramos and Mendy were ready to play that’s why I put them on. It was a semi-final and they were ready.”

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Real Madrid’s players seemed equally admitted their shortcomings. Casemiro, giving his thoughts in the aftermath, insisted there were “no excuses”.

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