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Ben Chilwell’s Chelsea apology in full after Frank Lampard’s admission following Real Madrid defeat



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Ben Chilwell penned an apology after he was sent off during Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

The 26-year-old was shown a straight red card after he pulled down Rodrygo, who was played in behind and racing through on goal in the 59th minute.

French referee François Letexier was quick to brandish a red card to Chilwell which will see him miss the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie at  Stamford Bridge next Tuesday.

Caretaker boss Frank Lampard refused to blame Chilwell for his send off in the second half, telling CBS Sports: “It’s a shame for Chilly because I think he was trying to recover a situation he shouldn’t have to try and recover so I feel for him there and he’s a big miss for us.”

It was a disappointing night for Chelsea at the Bernabeu and they have it all to do in London next week.

Chilwell, who will now be sidelined, offered an apology to Chelsea, his teammates and the fans following his dismissal.

He wrote: “Slept on it, and just want to apologise to my team mates and the fans. I made the decision in a split second last night and it was a mistake.”

The Chelsea defender added: “I always give everything for the team and I will continue to do so. Thank you for the support.”

Chelsea went onto concede another in Chilwell’s absence, losing the tie 2-0 which sees them having it all to do next week in the English capital if they wish to progress and keep their European hopes this season alive.

It was another disappointing performance from Chelsea and Lampard partly put it down to his players not having enough self belief of beating the current holders. 

Real Madrid are now huge favourites to claim a semi-final spot, which sees the winner of the tie face Bayern Munich or Manchester City in the last four.

However, boss Carlo Ancelotti insists the tie is far from over after a tough battle on Wednesday night.

The Italian said: “We played a complete game. We suffered but we managed to score two goals. 

“We know we will suffer again on Tuesday. Chelsea is a good team.”