Pundit slams Thomas Tuchel over striking Champions League claims, as Chelsea told foundations are crumbling

Thomas Tuchel was wrong to say that Chelsea have squandered their Champions League chances, but the Blues are in deep trouble, according to two pundits.

Chelsea’s Champions League hopes took a hit on Wednesday after losing to Real Madrid. The La Liga side claimed a 3-1 lead in the first leg of their quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.

While Madrid striker Karim Benzema was ruthless in scoring a hat-trick, it exposed Chelsea’s problems.

In fact, it is the second successive defeat of chelsea after the international break. They conceded four to Brentford in the Premier League last Saturday, again at Stamford Bridge.

Speech after the defeat of MadridBlues boss Thomas Tuchel called his side’s form “alarming”. He also admitted that the tie has ended as it is.

However, Craig Burley hit Tuchel back for his depressed mood. The expert questioned what message his comments send to the locker room.

“The good news for Chelsea fans is that their manager has thrown in the towel, so he’s sitting in the corner of the ring whining to himself,” Burley said. FC ESPN.

“It’s not exactly the message you want and there will be people out there who will think this is tactics, psychology… I don’t think it’s completely dead and buried.

“I think it’s unlikely, but I don’t think it’s impossible. Considering that there is no longer an away goals rule, those three goals are not worth as much as they used to. I don’t think you should be sitting there as a manager in a press conference with a two-goal deficit saying, ‘Is there a chance in the second leg? No’.

“That’s not a very good signal to send after a poor performance and after being outplayed. They have thrown in the towel on the Premier League title race, pretty much.

“You want to hear something with a little more fighting spirit and say, ‘well, if we get a goal early, you never know’.”

Frank Leboeuf, meanwhile, agreed that Chelsea are well below the level of Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race.

But, amid their status as Champions League champions following an impressive run last season, which included beating Madrid in the semi-finals, Leboeuf said Chelsea are in serious trouble.

Chelsea has serious problems – Leboeuf

“It’s a very good team, better than some others, but he [Tuchel] you have to find a solution,” said the expert.

“He did not find a solution in the second year in France [with Paris Saint-Germain] for example. He has some problems with N’Golo Kante, who has been injured.

“Behind it was fine last season, it’s not anymore.

“We saw it in the second goal between [Andreas] Christensen and Thiago Silva, the misunderstanding between the two, even if we have to emphasize the fact that Benzema is an incredible player.”

In fact, Tuchel admitted that he made a “mistake” in presenting Christensen against Vincius Junior.

Tuchel and Chelsea must refocus

But while Vinicus took Christensen’s beating fairly, Chelsea have to put their hands up for Benzema’s third goal.

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy played with the ball as the French striker charged at him.

Subsequently, Mendy made a mess with his pass and Benzema slipped in to score on an empty goal.

It is those mistakes that led Tuchel to admit that his team is “very far from our level”.

Chelsea return to action against Southampton on Saturday before facing Madrid in the second leg in Spain.

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