Thomas Tuchel has named three Chelsea stars that looked “very tired” against Real Madrid

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that three Chelsea players looked “very tired” during last night’s draw against Real Madrid.

The Blues earned a favourable 1-1 away draw on Tuesday night against Spanish giants Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.

It means that they have an advantage of the away goal going into next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge, which will determine who faces Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain in the final. 

Tuchel claimed in his post-match press conference that the trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Timo Werner looked exhausted during the Madrid match. Christensen completed the full 90 minutes, while Azpilicueta and Werner came off midway through the second half.

It’s no surprise there were some tiring legs, as there were no changes to the XI from the weekend win over West Ham in the Premier League.

“In that moment we lost too many balls, we had too many technical errors,” Tuchel responded when asked by BT Sport about his substitutions during the second half. 

“Azpi looked very tired, Christensen looked very tired, same for Timo. We worked very hard last week.”

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Despite hooking off three players against Madrid, the incredible squad depth meant that Tuchel’s team still looked formidable.

With Chelsea still competing in the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League, the squad is going to be needed during a hectic May schedule.

They are battling to finish in the top four of the league. Additionally, they are in the FA Cup final against Leicester, and have a small edge over Madrid now in the Champions League semi-final.

Tuchel has decided to name the same starting line-up for two games in a row, which is why you’d guess the likes of Kai Havertz, Reece James, Hakim Ziyech and Kurt Zouma could be in contention to play this weekend against Fulham.

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