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Despite Chelsea owner’s bold prediction, the only surprise was that Real Madrid won just 2-0

Todd Boehly, the Chelsea co-owner, was approached by a news crew as he left his hotel in Madrid before the first leg of his side’s Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid and asked if he had a message for the club’s fans. ‘Have a lot of faith and we’re going to win 3-0 tonight,’ he said. He said twice that it would be 3-0, as if he had really put some thought into it.

If the Chelsea fans had any faith left, it was not rewarded. Boehly was as close to getting his prediction right as he has been to getting anything right since he took over at Stamford Bridge last May and oversaw an unfolding football implosion. So that is to say, not very close at all.

To no one’s great surprise, Chelsea did not win in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. In fact, if there were any surprise at all, it was that they only lost 2-0 to Carlo Ancelotti’s team. It should have been more. It probably would have been had Ben Chilwell not sacrificed himself and got a red card for pulling back Rodrygo after an hour when he was clean through.

It did not disguise the gulf in class between the two teams. Madrid were smooth and slick and expressive and confident. Chelsea were not. Not for the first time, it was hard to look at Chelsea in wonder at how little you get for £600m these days.

Madrid will be disappointed that they only had goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio to show for their dominance, particularly with Chelsea reduced to 10 men for so long. But it is stretching belief to think that a side newly marshalled by Frank Lampard but still looking desperately short of goals could score three in the return at Stamford Bridge next week.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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