N’Golo Kanté steals show for Chelsea but strikers still lack cutting edge | Barney Ronay

The Chelsea midfielder set his team up for victory but Kai Havertz in particular almost let Real Madrid off the hookHow do you kill that which cannot be killed? How do you stop the white-shirted spectre from rising once again as a Champions League semi-final reaches its decisive final moments? Just a thought. But sticking the ball in the net might be a start.On a glorious, occasionally excruciating night at Stamford Bridge Chelsea simply ran right through Real Madrid, with N’Golo Kanté a commanding, decisive presence. Frankly they should have won this game 6-0. Madrid looked gone after 20 minutes, an ageless team grown old, unable to cope with Chelsea’s power and spring. Related: Chelsea power past Real Madrid to set up all-English Champions League final Madrid owned the opening 10 minutes – then were harried into the ground by Chelsea Related: Chelsea v Real Madrid: player ratings for the semi-final second leg Continue reading…

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