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Tuchel refuses to blame Chelsea strikers after missed chances against Real Madrid



Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has refused to blame his strikers after they were held to a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Christian Pulisic put the blues ahead after several missed chances, but Karim Benzema punished the Blues by their lack of cutting edge in front of goal to earn the Spanish giants a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Semi-finals clash.

Watch Video: Goal Christian Pulisic gives Chelsea the lead

The result means Chelsea will head back to England for the second leg with an advantage due to the away goal, but it could’ve been so much more for the Blues in Spain

Chelsea created several chances that would have killed the game but failed to convert any of them in the first half of the encounter.

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Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the lead in the 14 minutes of play. ( Photo by Getty Images)

Chelsea were left to rue their missed chances, Thomas Tuchel has refused to play the blame game after being asked if he was concerned about the lack of finishing and composure.

“Well, we defend together as a team,” replied Tuchel if the misses puts pressure on the defense. “All the strikers have their part. We always defend as a block with 11 people so I don’t feel we are pointing fingers.

“But of course, the strikers are the first guys who want to score and be decisive. They want to do it for themselves and the team.

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“This is the highest level. Sometimes if you have such a good half an hour as we had, with chances and half chances, you wish for more composure and more precision in the decision making and finishing itself.


Tuchel refuses to blame Chelsea strikers after missed chances against Real Madrid 1 Sportelo

Chelsea will head into the second leg with an advantage of an away goal. ( Photo by Getty Images)

“It was not like this so the challenge was more to not worry too long, regret too long, and not lose confidence. We did this in the second half and defended very, very well. We suffered physically because we only had two days in between.

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“You cannot change five times in the Premier League so it is quite physically demanding. Today you could feel this at the end of the game.”