Champions League | Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel was completely served after the swatter against Real Madrid around the outstanding Karim Benzema completely. The defending champion of FC Chelsea fears to be “beaten” again in the second leg.

Thomas Tuchel looked dark and talked properly in Rage. “Dog defeat,” he scolded after this beast 1: 3 (1: 2) against Real Madrid, “far too little” and “so you can not play on this level”.

The prospects for his FC Chelsea for the quarter-final return match next week in Madrid? Grim. “When we go on,” Tuchel said, the blues “beaten in Bernabuy”.

Tuchel was not just sour, disappointed after this bitter evening in the Champions League, frustrated – no, the team manager was completely disilused. Because the defending champion was presented by Real about the outstanding triple scorer Karim Benzema.

And at home, in front of their own fans at the Stamford Bridge. The first half had probably been the “worst half of his team he had to watch in the 15 months of his term.

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Errors in the defensive – as before the third benzema hit at goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and international Antonio Rüdiger, the awkward grades and the glossy failure, the energy of real to put something to something – Chelseas current makeup is frightening. Whether he sees a chance of the semifinal after the disaster, Tuchel was asked. The honest answer: “No. Not right now, no.”

Since the country break, Chelsea is not recognizable, completely from the role. The real bankruptcy went a 1: 4 humiliation against FC Brentford. And Tuchel is likely to worry if it is sufficient in the league as a place among the first four – to qualify for the Champions League again.

That the increasing restlessness around the club of German international Rüdiger, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz may now affect now on the square, Tuchel rejected.

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“I do not think it’s a deeper reason,” said the 48-year-old. But helpful is the whirl around the upcoming sale by the owner Roman Abramovich, against which the EU has certainly not imposed on Ukraine because of the Russian attack on Ukraine.

And while Tuchel breaks his head, which is why Chelsea was “far away from all scales”, “which we set ourselves,” Real Trainer Carlo Ancelotti simply enjoyed the moment. The 34-year-old Benzema, who had already met in the round in the second leg three times against Paris Saint-Germain, dreams Madrid from the first triumph in the premier class since 2018.

The old master from France showed a “fantastic performance”, Ancelotti said: “He gets better every day, like wine.” Only Tuchel did not taste that.