“They did not create a lot at Stamford Bridge but they took every half chance and converted it. This answers your question. This was enough,” Thomas Tuchel said after Chelsea were knocked out by Real Madrid.
“You have to reduce your amount of mistakes and we could not reduce it to an absolute minimum over the two legs. That is why the deficit was so high.”
“Then you come here and play a match like this and, as I said, we have two crucial ball losses that only against very few teams end in a goal. Against Real Madrid, it is possible.”
“Still, even over both legs and today, I think we deserved to go through. We were unlucky but there are no regrets. These are the kind of defeats you can take with pride and you can accept as a sportsman.”
Chelsea indeed created more chances than Madrid and had the xG (expected goals) of 4.58, significantly better than the opposition’s 2.58.
But Los Blancos were much more clinical in front of goal, scoring most if not all half-chances they managed to get over both legs.