Thomas Tuchel saw his Chelsea side being beaten well by Real Madrid as they put in an error-strewn performance that left the German with little positive cheering in his post-match interview
The defeat at Stamford Bridge leaves the Blues with a tough task ahead of the second leg in the Spanish capital. The reigning European champions put on a poor first-half performance as they were 2-1 down at the break before a disastrous error from Edouard Mendy gave Madrid a third second in the second 45.
Karim Benzema was the man to score all three and that means Chelsea need to win by at least two goals to force extra time at the Bernabeu. Los Blancos were able to take advantage of several mistakes made by the home side which will have been a huge frustration for their German coach.
He spoke candidly in his post-match debrief on BT Sport and responded forcefully when Des Kelly commented on his dejected attitude. Tuchel said: “What do you expect from me? Smile? Of course I’m down.
Tuchel was also keen to focus on the next game which is against Southampton, Many are trying to put the spotlight on the second leg against Madrid. When asked about the second leg, he added: “No, we don’t have to go to Madrid, we have to go southampton and it is very important to process this. It’s crucial that we go to Southampton. If we keep playing like this, we will lose at Southampton and then be beaten at the Bernabeu.”
He also said: “It is a heavy loss. It was one of the worst first halves I’ve seen from us here at Stamford Bridge. Individually and as a team it was far from enough. It was far from our standards and then losing games from you. Passing where we passed, how we passed when we passed, when we attacked, the possession game… The first half was so by all the standards we set we can’t complain if we lose.
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Carlo Ancelotti led Madrid’s win on his return to Stamford Bridge after two years in charge of the Blues. Much of his success on Wednesday night can be attributed to Benzema, who became only the second man to score hat-tricks in a row Champions League.
The Italian said: “Played well. Good control of the game, good build-up from behind, dangerous counterattacks. It was a good night but it’s only the first half of this round. It was really good. We showed good organisation.” defensive. We had a fantastic attacking performance from Benzema. A good performance.”
Chelsea are aiming to become just the second team to keep their squad Champions League Crown. Europa is also one of only two realistic cuts for the blues with the FA Cup still on the radar ahead of their semifinals crystal palace at Wembley Stadium.
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