Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's frosty exchange with interviewer after Real Madrid loss


Thomas Tuchel cut a frustrated figure in his post-match interview after Chelsea were dismantled by Karim Benzema’s stunning hat-trick in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening. The Blues will need to overturn a two-goal deficit in next week’s return leg at the Bernabeu in order to book their place in the semi-finals of this year’s competition after failing to cope with the threat of Benzema over the course of the match.

The Real Madrid marksman was on top form and scored two headers in three first-half minutes to hand the visitors an early advantage before Kai Havertz slashed Chelsea’s deficit by half before the interval. Benzema went on to complete his hat-trick shortly after the restart when he capitalised on Edouard Mendy’s calamitous error before sliding the ball into an empty net.

Tuchel was understandably frustrated after the final whistle and made his feelings known in a tetchy post-match interview with BT Sport reporter Des Kelly. The Chelsea boss appeared to be confused when quizzed on whether he was ‘downbeat’ in the immedate aftermath of proceedings at Stamford Bridge.

“Well, what do you expect? To stand here and smile or what? Of course I am down,” he snapped. “No, we don’t have to go to Madrid, we have to go to Southampton. I think this is very, very important we process this.

“It’s crucial we go to Southampton, and I will make sure everyone processes this because if we play like this, we will lose in Southampton and then we don’t need to think about the Bernabeu because we will get hammered in the Bernabeu.”

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