Thomas Tuchel lower a vastly annoyed determine in his post-match interview after Chelsea had been dismantled via Karim Benzema’s shocking hat-trick of their Champions League quarter-final first-leg conflict towards Real Madrid on Wednesday night time. The Blues will want to overturn a two-goal deficit in subsequent week’s go back leg on the Bernabeu with the intention to guide their position within the semi-finals of this yr’s festival after failing to deal with the specter of Benzema over the process the primary 90 mins.
Tuchel was once understandably irked after the overall whistle and made his emotions transparent in a tetchy post-match interview with BT Sport reporter Des Kelly. The Chelsea boss seemed to be perplexed when quizzed on whether or not he was once ‘downbeat’ within the instant aftermath of lawsuits at Stamford Bridge prior to firing again with a firmly-worded reaction.
“Well, what do you expect? To stand here and smile or what? Of course I am down,” he snapped. “No, we don’t have to go to Madrid, we have to go to Southampton. I think this is very, very important we process this.
“It’s a very powerful we pass to Southampton, and I can be certain that everybody processes this as a result of if we play like this, we can lose in Southampton after which we don’t want to consider the Bernabeu as a result of we can get hammered within the Bernabeu.”
Wednesday’s result gave Chelsea a mountain to climb ahead of next week’s decisive second leg in the Spanish capital to dent their hopes of winning back-to-back Champions League titles at the end of the season. Tuchel went on to slam the collective effort of his players by insisting that he was deeply unhappy with their failure to deal with Benzema’s presence in attack during the first half of the match.
The Real Madrid marksman was on top form and scored two headers in quick succession to hand the visitors an early advantage before Kai Havertz slashed Chelsea’s deficit with a goal of his own before the interval. Benzema went on to complete his hat-trick shortly after the restart when he capitalised on Edouard Mendy’s calamitous error before sliding the ball into an empty net to secure an impressive victory for Los Blancos.
“It’s a heavy loss, probably the most worst first-halves I’ve noticed from us at Stamford Bridge,” added Tuchel. “At this stage you can’t play like this, personally and a crew, from all folks it was once no longer sufficient.
“We were not doing what we are used to do, it was far from our standards. Everything, when we pass, where we pass, attacking, possession game, the intensity and desire to win challenges, how we closed spaces.
“The first part was once to this point from any requirements we set ourselves that we can’t whinge once we lose like this.”
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