Thomas Tuchel admits the Real Madrid vs Chelsea UCL tie might not be alive if Chelsea fail to play well against Southampton

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The manager of Chelsea football club, Thomas Tuchel has admitted that based on the way his team played against Real Madrid on Wednesday, the second leg of the tie is not alive.

Futballnews has reported that Real Madrid visited Stamford Bridge on April 6 to play the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final stage and the Spanish giants stunned the Premier League side 3-1.

Real Madrid’s talisman, Karim Benzema scored the opening goal in the 21st minute to give the visitors the lead. Within three minutes, Benzema doubled Real Madrid’s lead using his head just like in the first goal.

Chelsea looked like a team that could fight back and probably steal the equalizer when Kai Havertz scored in the 40th minute of the game.

Unfortunately for the hosts, at the beginning of the second half, Chelsea’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a mistake that gifted Benzema his third goal in the game.

Benzema’s 46-minute goal made him the fourth player in the history of the Champions League to score two successive hat-tricks. It also made the 34-year-old Frenchman the 4th player after Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Robert Lewandowski to score 80 plus goals in the Champions League.

The 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday made it the first time in five meetings that Chelsea failed to beat Real Madrid in the tournament. It also means that Chelsea need to win 3-0 at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, April 12 to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi-final stage of the Competition.

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When asked if the Champions League tie against Real Madrid was still alive, Thomas Tuchel said: “Today, is this [tie] alive with this performance? No, not at the moment.

“We have to find ourselves again, I don’t know where we have been since the international break. Tonight was a repetition of the second half against Brentford in a quarter-final against Real Madrid. Five days, seven goals conceded. I don’t think there is a deeper reason for it. It’s alarming.

“With everything the game demands, you cannot expect a result from this kind of performance. We were so far off our level, tactically, individually, in shape, in challenges. We tried to play in a new formation and killed the game off with a big mistake.

“It’s never on one player or players, it’s on all of us, including myself. Individually we lost shape and sharpness. Since the international break, we have obviously not looked the same and I don’t really have an explanation. We came from a long winning streak where we were really competitive, but the first half was by far not good enough.”

Chelsea’s Comeback process must start against Southampton according to Thomas Tuchel:

Coach Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea.
Coach Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea.

Just like they need to beat Real Madrid on Tuesday to qualify for the next round of the Champions League, they need to beat Southampton to continue to hold strongly to their 3rd spot on the league table.

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Recall that Chelsea lost 1-4 to Brentford on Saturday, April 2, barely four days before they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. Their next game is against Southampton on Saturday, April 9, at 15:00.

After the defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday, Chelsea’s coach, Thomas Tuchel said his attention is not on the second leg of the tie. He is now focused on the Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday.

The German tactician believes that how his players play against Southampton on Saturday would determine whether the second leg tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday is alive or not.

“We have to prepare for Saturday against Southampton and not the [return leg at the] Bernabeu,” Tuchel said. “If we continue to play like this, we will not get a point [at Southampton].

“I worry more about Southampton than Real Madrid in the next week, there is my focus. First of all, we need to play Southampton.

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“If we don’t get our heads and legs straight and our mentality right, we will not win in Southampton and then this tie is not alive.

“If things change, maybe, but how many clubs in worldwide football won with what we need, three goals difference? How often did this happen? Maybe it’s only realistic to answer like this.”

Chelsea are currently sitting on the third spot on the league table with 59 points in 29 games, 14 points away from first-placed Manchester City, five points above 4th placed Tottenham and 5th placed Arsenal.

This means that two defeats in the league are enough to drop the reigning UEFA Champions League champions of the Premier League top four this season.

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