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Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea will fight for every centimeter in semi-finals second leg

In the UEFA Champions League first leg of the semi-finals, Chelsea settles for a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid on Tuesday night at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano. Christian Pulisic helped Chelsea with a brilliant opening goal in the 14th minute. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema dropped Pulisic’s lead equalizing the scoreboard to 1-1 in the 29th minute. Chelsea and Real Madrid both have crucial 90 mins ahead to reach the Champions League finals trophy. Chelsea will next host the Madrid team for the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals and boss Thomas Tuchel says his side will have to fight for every centimeter. 

“Even if we had won here, everything is possible. It’s half-time and we’ll have to fight for every centimeter and every advantage that we want to have and we need to fight and deserve it,” he said.

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel addressed the press conference after their Champions League semi-finals match against Real Madrid.

“We started the game very well, very aggressive with a lot of courage and a lot of quality. We had many ball wins, good control, good attacks, good switch of play, very confident, we looked very strong.”

“We deserved to win the first half. We had a lot of chances and half-chances where we missed precision in the last ball to have more opportunities to score. Unfortunately, they scored from a set-piece, there was nothing else normally for us to defend and we did not allow any chances so it was a bit of a disappointing result at half-time,” Tuchel added.

“We fought back into the game and I felt the second half was a very tactical game. The speed and intensity dropped and we were a bit tired with only two days between two away games. We suffered today from that. If we had one more day to recover it would have been a big chance to keep the intensity up and maybe hurt Madrid also in the second half.”

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