Tuchel: We are disappointed and proud at the same time

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Thomas Tuchel claims they are disappointed and also proud of his players after their exit from Champions League in Spain.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says that they are disappointed and proud at the same time after their Champions League exit against Real Madrid.

The Blues crashed out of the Champions League in Spain but put on an incredible display against the Spanish giant.

Tuchel side scored three goals to keep their hopes alive but Rodrygo’s late goal extended the game to an extra time.

The fate of the London club was decided in the extra time after Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema scored the decider.

Though the German would be disappointed with the out come of the game but proud of the performance of his boys.

“We are very disappointed and very proud at the same time,” Tuchel confirm to the official website of the club after the match.

“We played a fantastic match. We deserved what we had. We scored four goals, we had big chances to score more. We were unlucky. We got beaten by pure individual quality and offensive conversion.

“We had two mistakes after ball wins, the most crucial moments in games against Real Madrid. We deserved to go through after this performance, but it was not meant to be. You need luck in games like this and it was not on our side.

“They did not create a lot at Stamford Bridge, but they took every half chance. You have to reduce your mistakes and we could not reduce it to an absolute minimum over the two legs. But there are no regrets. These are the kind of defeats you can take with pride and accept as a sportsman.”

“The players lived up to the plan in a very different way than we did against Brentford and in the first leg. We were never shy of making the point that the most important thing is how we live up to a tactic, and how lively we play in a structure. It was to the full limit tonight. The credit goes to the players.

“We were very disciplined on the ball, and very active off the ball. We showed a lot of courage, and from there we showed the quality. It was the right way to do it.

“I am very happy. This is the way to go forward. If we have this kind of effort we are a special team, and if not we can lose against anybody. They showed a lot of character. We can be very proud.”

Marcos Alonso’s goal was ruled out for foul but Thomas Tuchel claims he was disappointed in the referee for not checking out the goal himself.

“I did not see the goal but I told the referee I was super disappointed he did not check it on his own.

“In a match like this where you have a certain line to whistle, you should stay the boss, and not give any decisions like this to somebody in a chair who is isolated from the atmosphere and the referee’s certain style. He should stay in charge and check on his own, then he could explain it better. It’s just my opinion.”



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