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Champions League: What Tuchel said about Chelsea players after Real Madrid loss

Chelsea coach: Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has expressed frustration after his side crashed to a 3-1 home loss against Real Madrid in a Champions League quarter final first leg on Wednesday night.

Karim Benzema scored two headers in five minutes to give the visitors a comfortable lead before Kai Havertz pulled one back in the 40th minute to give Chelsea hope.

However, Benzema took advantage of Edouard Mendy’s howler to complete his hat-trick.

Reacting to the result, Tuchel slammed his players, saying it is almost impossible to stage a comeback when they play the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu next week.

When asked if the Blues could win the tie, Tuchel bluntly replied, “No. Not at the moment, no.

“Because we have to find our level back, I don’t know where it is since the international break.

“If things change, maybe, but how many clubs in worldwide football could do what we need, three goals difference? How often does this happen?

“It was one of the worst first halves that I saw from us here at Stamford Bridge. It’s very disappointing.

“We lost shape and sharpness. I don’t really have an explanation. Before the international break we had a long winning streak and were very competitive.

“We can speak about the same defensive performance from five days ago. It is seven goals conceded. It’s alarming. Nothing has changed in our approach.”

Chelsea’s poor performance came just five days after a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Brentford at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, their first to the West London outfit since 1939.

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