Chelsea, meanwhile, does not know when he will play in this elite arena again.
Madrid’s 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday sealed a 4-0 overall victory and allowed the Spanish giants to reach the Champions League semifinals for the 11th time in 13 seasons.
Rodrigo scored twice in the second half to thwart a fervent Chelsea comeback that lasted the better part of an hour but ended in a fourth straight defeat under interim manager Frank Lampard.
Madrid can continue its quest for new glory in a competition in which it has won a record 14 times. Manchester City or Bayern await him in the next round.
We are ready to be there and ready to fight our way to the final, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
After the first match of the quarterfinals, City beat Bayern 3-0, setting up a likely rematch of last year’s semifinal. Last season at the Bernabeu, Madrid scored twice in added time and once more in extra time, winning 6-5 on aggregate.
Madrid is already the only team to have successfully defended the Champions League in its modern form – winning it three times in a row in 2016-18 – and is still in a position to win it again.
It’s a record no other team can compete with, and with strikers Vinicius Júnior, Karim Benzema and Rodrigo in such daunting form, the defenders will have to be stopped.
However, Chelsea’s unsuccessful campaign is now doomed to end without a trophy.
The defeat forced Lampard to answer questions about where the 2021 European champion will go after his life began with difficulties under new owners Todd Boely and Clearlake Capital.
People will talk a lot about this season for Chelsea because we’ve had so much success, Lampard said. The reality is that this club is going to come back, but it’s going to take a lot of work.
Chelsea is 11th in the Premier League and 17 points behind the top four despite spending about $630 million on new players.
The club, which won the Champions League twice under former owner Roman Abramovich, now looks certain to miss the competition next season.
As the fight for a place in the top four intensifies in light of a resurgent Arsenal, an improving Manchester United andThe Saudi-backed Newcastle, Chelsea’s path back to the elite competition of European club soccer may not be the easiest.
147251Trying to predict at the moment what’s going to happen, whether it’s good, whether it’s bad, I think is pretty pointless, Lampard said. But I think right now we can lay the foundation for what we want to get to.
Chelsea’s fall was sudden.
Just two years ago, the London club won the Champions League for the second time in its history under Thomas Tuchel.
The German manager, who was hugely popular with fans, was sacked at the beginning of the season and replaced by Graham Potter, who suffered the same fate earlier this month.
Lampard’s arrival has not resulted in improved form, with his team scoring just once in four defeats since his appointment.
The lack of sharpness was again evident in the return match against Madrid in the quarterfinals, when Chelsea missed numerous chances.
N’Golo Kante failed to capitalize on clear chances in each half at 0-0. And former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois beat Marc Cucurella’s close-range shot just before halftime.
The hosts had to pay for those misses when Madrid struck twice on the break.
Ancelotti admitted that his team suffered a lot in front of Rodrigo’s goal.
The Brazilian striker opened the scoring in the 58th minute, intercepting a Vinicius pass. He added a second goal in the 80th minute, this time after a Federico Valverde pass.
He could have made a hat trick if not for a shot off the outside of the post in the first half.
The home fans headed to the exits as soon as Rodrigo’s second goal was on the goal line.
But those who stayed applauded at the end, getting a reason for encouragement as Chelsea pressed Madrid for much of the match.
I think the fans appreciated today’s performance, Lampard said. They may have had moments this season when they didn’t feel the way they do now, so we have to pick up on that.
AC Milan reached the semifinals
AC Milan reached the Champions League semifinals for the first time since winning the trophy 16 years ago, thanks to Olivier Giroud’s first-half goal against Napoli, which secured a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 overall victory despite a barrage of pressure Tuesday.
NapoliThe team battled to the end, but could not break Milan’s stalwart defense until striker Victor Osimhen equalized three minutes before the end of the match with a header.It was too late, as the referee ended the match a few seconds later.
Seven-time European champions Milan will now face either Inter Milan or Benfica, who will meet Wednesday at the San Siro with the Italian team leading 2-0 in the first match.
This was the third meeting between Milan and Napoli in 16 days, with Stefano Pioli’s team defeating the runaway Serie A leaders 4-0 on April 2.