Chelsea News: Thomas Tuchel’s tactics struck, Blues destroyed by Karim Benzema

Chelsea lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night after Gabby Agbonlahor criticized Thomas Tuchel’s tactics

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In pictures: Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Chelsea will need a tremendous performance in the second leg Champions League Quarterfinals vs real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium after the 3-1 first-leg defeat at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were mobbed by Los Blancos forward Karim Benzema, who helped himself to a stunning hat-trick as Madrid clinched an important win. Kai Havertz scored for the Blues to give the Blues a glimmer of hope at 2-0 but Benzema’s third right after half-time ended the game as the Blues missed a number of chances to close the gap.

It comes as Gabby Agbonlahor has slammed the Blues for their “boring” tactics and for playing like a “youth team”. And Inter Milan have reportedly changed their approach to bringing Chelsea Striker Romelu Lukaku back to Italy.

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Chelsea’s tactics under Thomas Tuchel have been criticized by Gabby Agbonlahor



Topics of conversation from Madrid

Real Madrid are in control of the Champions League quarter-finals against Chelsea with a 3-1 win over the Blues thanks to Karim Benzema’s hat-trick.

The Frenchman nodded home by racing onto the cross of Vinicius before hanging in the air just minutes later to deliver Luka Modric’s delivery. Jorginho’s magnificent ball split the Madrid defense allowing Kai Havertz to sneak in at the far post and nod home just before half-time.

But Edouard Mendy gifted Benzema with his hat-trick goal just after the break with an undersold pass. It was a match full of talking points, including Benzema’s brilliance, Mendy’s moment of madness and Thibault Courtois’ cold return to Stamford Bridge.

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Inter change the tune about Lukaku’s return

Inter Milan could make a move after the striker’s struggles at Chelsea to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club, sources say.

Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge last summer for £97.5million but the move hasn’t quite worked out as the Belgium international struggles to keep a place in Thomas Tuchel’s starting line-up. Lukaku has only hit the net five times in the net First League and earlier in the season spoke of his dissatisfaction with his current situation.

And reports from Italy suggest his former club Inter are no longer ruling out a summer return for Lukaku.

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Tuchel’s tactics struck

Gabby Agbonlahor has slammed Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea for their “boring” tactics and for playing like a “youth team”.

Speaking ahead of the Blues’ Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night, the TalkSPORT pundit was extremely critical of the team’s performance in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Brentford. And Agbonlahor has revealed he doesn’t like watching Chelsea play, saying he finds it “boring”.

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