Two things Thomas Tuchel got right and one mistake he made vs Real Madrid

Two things Thomas Tuchel got right and one mistake he made vs Real Madrid

Chelsea drew 11 with Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Tuesday evening.

Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the lead when he rounded Thibaut Courtois and fired the ball into the back of the net after just 14 minutes had been played.

Karim Benzema then put his side level in the 29th minute with an excellent finish, after Madrid had worked a short corner.

With the tie finely poised going into the second leg, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will be hoping his side can get the job done at Stamford Bridge.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at two things he got right and one mistake he made in the first leg.

Backing Christian Pulisic

Pulisic scored the tie’s opening goal with a well-taken finish, as he kept his composure and rounded the goalkeeper.

The 22-year-old’s future at the club had been in doubt last month, with the forward initially struggling for game time under Tuchel.

However, Pulisic has started the Blues’ last five Premier League games and against Madrid he showed exactly why Chelsea forked out around £58m to sign him, producing an electric display which was capped off by his goal.

Showing attacking intent

With Chelsea the away side, it would have been easy for Tuchel to task his team with simply ensuring they were still in the tie when they host Madrid at Stamford Bridge next month.

However, Chelsea started the game very positively, creating a number of good chances in the first-half.

The Blues were not clinical enough to drive that advantage home but they repeatedly scythed through Madrid’s defence with an impressive display of attacking intent.

Although the game ended in a draw, Tuchel will surely hope his team can produce a similar performance in the second leg.

The Werner dilemma

When Timo Werner scored his first goal in 15 games for both club and country against West Ham at the weekend, Tuchel said he hoped the forward could “keep scoring and catch the moment”.

As a result, Tuchel chose Werner to lead the line against Madrid, but the 25-year-old was unable to repay his manager’s faith.

He should have given Chelsea an early lead when he was found by Pulisic’s cushioned header, but his close-range effort was straight at Courtois who made a smart save with his feet.

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