Frustrated, Thomas Tuchel confirmed Chelsea’s place in the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid will be irreversible after their 3-1 first-leg defeat at Stamford Bridge and describes the team’s decline in form as ‘shocking’. Chelsea will need to make a major turnaround at the Bernabeu next Tuesday. The Champion League Final fans can buy Champions League Final 2022 Tickets from our website.

Thomas Tuchel confirmed Chelsea's place in the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid
Thomas Tuchel confirmed Chelsea’s place in the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid

If they are to keep the trophy, and Tuchel poured cold water on their hopes of doing so, saying he couldn’t explain the brutal five-day home defeat, they also lost 4-1 at home to Brentford.

“No, not currently, no,” he said when asked if the score was still in place, despite Karim Benzema’s immediate decisive hat-trick. “Because we have to get back to our level. I don’t know where it is, because of the international break. Our first half was the second half against Brentford and the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Real Madrid.”

“We’re too far from our level in all aspects of what the game requires; you can’t expect results from his performance.”

Tuchel repeated his shock at two such aggregate defeats at Stamford Bridge, after an unbeaten run of 14 games in all competitions with 10 wins.

“After the international break we looked different and I don’t really have an explanation as we have had a long run of wins and are very competitive,” he said. “We haven’t changed anything: it’s worrying. Two games, seven goals hidden, but nothing has changed.”

Invited to clarify his claim that a draw cannot be won here, Tuchel doubled down. “If you want this sentence like it, make it this sentence,” he said. “Today, with this performance, is it alive?

Tuchel repeated his shock at two such aggregate defeats at Stamford Bridge
Tuchel repeated his shock at two such aggregate defeats at Stamford Bridge

No. If we don’t get our heads and legs straight, we don’t beat Southampton [on Saturday], then this draw is over. If it happens Change, maybe, but we have three goals, how often does this happen?

“We have to find our competitive spirit and then we can talk. If we keep playing like this, we will lose at Southampton and then we don’t have to think about the Bernabeu: we will be hit hard at the Bernabeu.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s performance was less shocking, despite his stellar performance, as they made it 2-1 at halftime thanks to two stunning headers from Benzema for the French. Take advantage of Edward Mendy’s mistake 45 seconds into the second quarter.

“We are definitely in the lead, but the draw is still in the air,” he said. “We no longer have the away goal rule, which is an advantage for Chelsea. I think Real Madrid played better, but there is still one game to play and anything can happen.”

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