Thomas Tuchel Snaps At Reporter Following Chelsea’s Loss Against Real Madrid. Grumpy Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel snapped at a reporter and said that their Champions League defense was over.
Karim Benzema scored his second straight hat-trick in the competition as Real Madrid dominated the first leg of the quarter-final at Stamford Bridge from start to end. A glaring Tuchel was not in the mood to look for silver linings as his post-match interview.
It was a tough match to witness for the German boss, as defensive blunders combined with a horrifying error by Edouard Mendy resulted in Benzema blowing the west London club away. The Chelsea boss was asked why he was in low spirits following the game to which he replied (via MirrorSport):
“What do you expect from me? To stand here and smile? Of course, I am down.”
Tuchel did make a statement on the game, claiming that his team’s first-half performance was the worst he had witnessed during his time at Stamford Bridge.
“It is a heavy loss. It was one of the worst first halves that I saw from us here at Stamford Bridge. Individually and as a team it was by far not enough. It was far from our standards and then you lose games. Passing, where we passed, how we passed when we passed, when we attacked, the ball possession game… first half was so from any standards that we set ourselves that we cannot complain when we lose.”
"If we keep on playing like this we will lose in Southampton and then we don't need to think about the Bernabéu – we will get hammered in Bernabéu."
Thomas Tuchel isn't mincing his words this evening 😡
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 6, 2022
In recent months, the German coach has had a difficult time in west London. Tuchel has been faced with getting his team to overlook the off-the-field controversy and focus on their game in the midst of club owner Roman Abramovich’s ban.
Reporters have questioned him about his fate, the club’s standing, and reputation, but he has handled them brilliantly. However, his Chelsea team has begun to deteriorate. Saturday’s demoralizing 4-1 loss to London rivals Brentford also sparked concerns.
The defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday evening aggravated an already tense situation for Tuchel and Chelsea.
The former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) boss has always expressed his devotion to the Blues. They are, however, out of form and probably going through their poorest stretch of the season.
Their focus now shifts to Saturday, when they travel to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton in an effort to get back on track.
Tuchel spoke about the need of focusing on the Saints’ game before looking ahead to the return leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu next week.
“It is crucial that we go to Southampton. If we keep playing like this we will lose at Southampton and then we will get hammered at Bernabeu.”
Tuchel would need to lift the spirit around Stamford Bridge following such a humiliating defeat. It would take a monumental effort to stage a comeback in this quarter-final match.