Chelsea suffered a heavy home defeat at home to Real Madrid on Wednesday night, leaving them from a huge deficit in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-finals
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The Blues lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and have a mountain to climb in next week’s second leg. Chelsea’s form has waned badly in recent games, also losing 4-1 at home to Brentford at the weekend.
That dropped him to 14 points First League leader Manchester Citythe Champions League, along with the FA Cup, is Chelsea’s last hope of silver this season. And Tuchel was extremely candid when asked if the Blues could turn things around in Madrid.
When asked if he thinks the tie is still alive, he replied no, before adding: “If we play like this, we will lose southampton and then we don’t have to think about Bernabeu because we get hammered at Bernabeu.”
Earlier in the interview, BT Sport’s Des Kelly commented on his dejected demeanor, prompting the German to hit back. “What do you expect from me? Smile? Of course I’m down,” said Tuchel.
“No, we don’t have to go to Madrid, we have to go to Southampton. I think it’s very, very important that we process that. It’s crucial that we go to Southampton and I’ll make sure everyone processes that.”
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Tuchel continued to reflect on the nature of the defeat, admitting that several factors had led to the result. “It’s a tough loss. One of the worst first halves I’ve seen from us at Stamford Bridge,” he said.
“You can’t play like that at this level, individually and as a team, from all of us it wasn’t enough. We didn’t do what we’re used to, it was far from our standards.
“Everything, when we pass, where we pass, attack, possession, the intensity and will to win tackles, how we closed spaces. The first half was so far from any standards we set ourselves that we can’t complain if we lose like that .”
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