Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said his side had enough chances to wrap up their Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg clash with Real Madrid in the first half on Tuesday night.
He rued missed chances in the 1-1 draw at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium that could have put the game beyond their opponents ahead of the second leg in London.
USA forward Christian Pulisic fired Chelsea in front in the 14th minute and the visitors created plenty more opportunities in the first half as 13-time winners Real struggled to make any in-roads at the other end.
Yet Chelsea’s inability to score a second away goal proved costly as Karim Benzema’s fine effort levelled things up before the break with his side’s only shot on target in the opening period.
“I have a feeling we should have won the first half and we could have perhaps decided this game in the first half an hour when we were playing so strong,” Tuchel told the BBC.
“The second half was a tactical game and you could feel we only had two days in between two away games which made it physically and mentally demanding and you could feel it in the decision making.
“We suffered a bit and an extra day would have been nice.”
Tuchel continued his fine record against Zinedine Zidane’s side in Europe’s premier club competition – the German is the only coach to face Real as many as five times without ever losing in Champions League history.
Having scored the away goal, Chelsea are in the driving seat to reach a first Champions League final since 2012 ahead of next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge.
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By FARPost Reporter