Despite Chelsea’s European exit, Mason Mount has been named to the Champions League Team of the Quarter-Finals.
Chelsea’s courageous attempt at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night, in which they came close to pulling off a Madrid miracle with a remarkable comeback, was destroyed in the 80th minute as they went three goals ahead against Real.
Mount, 23, scored the game’s first goal, boosting Thomas Tuchel’s team’s hopes in Spain. With 14 minutes remaining, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner gave Chelsea a 4-3 aggregate lead, but a brilliant pass from Luca Modric, met by Rodrigo, took the game into extra time.
Chelsea had chances, but it took a goal from Karim Benzema six minutes into extra time to put Real back in front, and that was enough to seal the game.
Mount, like many others in the Chelsea squad, rose to the pressure and didn’t go down without a fight. It was almost the ideal night, but Real came through when it needed most to avert a stunning comeback.
The Chelsea midfielder was named to WhoScored’s Champions League Team of the Quarter-Finals in recognition of his efforts across the two games.
He was the sole player named in the starting XI, with Benzema the only other player from the Chelsea-Real Madrid match.
Mount, like the rest of the team, was mortified at full-time as they collapsed to the ground at the Bernabeu following 120 minutes of non-stop fighting.
Chelsea will now meet Crystal Palace in a semi-final this weekend at Wembley. They will need to quickly pick themselves up to avoid another cup exit in the space of six days.