Kepa Arrizabalaga acknowledged that Chelsea were second best to Real Madrid at the Benabeu last night but refused to accept that our Champions League quarter-final clash is already out of reach.

Frank Lampard’s Blues were defeated 2-0 in the Spanish capital after goals in each half from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio put us to the sword, with the challenge becoming even harder following a straight red card for defender Ben Chilwell.

Our Spanish goalkeeper conceded that the hosts were the better side and insists the Blues must improve ahead of the second leg, where he retains hope of an epic comeback after pointing out how chances were created during an expansive opening to last night’s tie.

‘Of course we leave with the feeling that they have been superior [in the first leg] and it has cost us a lot to play in the opposite half and to create chances but not take them,’ said Kepa.

‘Obviously it could even have been worse after the expulsion [Ben Chilwell’s red card], because playing for 30 minutes with one less [player] at the Bernabeu in the Champions League is a lot.

‘They have had more chances and we have a lot to improve on for the second leg. The feeling is that we were not at our level and for now we must look at ourselves. The players are the first to be responsible and we must improve.’