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Loftus-Cheek: A tough one to take but we can be proud

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has said that Chelsea should be proud of our performance against Real Madrid on Tuesday evening but admits the overriding feeling was one of disappointment not to have progressed to the semi-final stage of the Champions League.

The Blues were so close to pulling off one of the greatest ever comebacks in Europe’s premier club competition, having gone 3-0 up at the Santiago Bernabeu to make it 4-3 on aggregate before eventually being edged out in extra-time by Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Goals from Mason Mount, Toni Rudiger and Timo Werner, which came shortly after Marcos Alonso saw a strike harshly ruled out by VAR for handball, had Thomas Tuchel’s Blues in the driving seat in the Spanish capital before Rodrygo pulled a goal back for the hosts to send the tie into extra-time, where Karim Benzema headed home the winner.

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