Chelsea player makes claim about Stamford Bridge atmosphere during Real Madrid defeat

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was full of praise for the Stamford Bridge crowd and their support despite the 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday.

It was an overall poor performance from the Blues who suffered their second back-to-back home defeats under Thomas Tuchel.

Relying on their two young stars; Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde, Real Madrid caused a lot of problems for Chelsea with their counter-attacks, and Karim Benzema’s clinical finishing ultimately made the difference.

Christensen refused to make any excuses as he fired a warning to his fellow Chelsea defenders over their recent defensive record.

“We weren’t at our top level,” the Denmark international said after the game (via Chelsea’s official website).

“We have conceded seven goals now in two games which is not normal for us. It’s not just about this game, we did it as well at the weekend. We have to fix it, and we have to do it quick.”

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Despite the undesirable result, the centre-back highlighted the home support.

Bear in mind, Tuchel criticised the “bizarre” friendly match-like atmosphere at Stamford Bridge during last weekend’s defeat to Brentford.

“We started good for 10 or 15 minutes, good energy with the crowd behind us,” said Christensen.

“They stayed behind us the whole game – but [Real Madrid] successfully took the tempo out of the game.”

Overcoming a two-goal deficit in the second leg is far from being an impossible task, but Christensen is clearly aware that it will be an uphill battle.

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“It’s two goals, it’s still going to be very difficult, but it can’t be worse than this,” he explained.

“We have to go there and make a big performance — we have to try and turn it around but it’s going to be difficult.

“We weren’t on top, and we know that, but we have nothing to lose, so we have to go there, put in a big performance and hopefully turn it around.”

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