CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel tonight became the first manager in Champions League history to avoid defeat in his first five games against Real Madrid.
But the German came away frustrated with his side’s performance only earning a 1-1 draw.
Thomas Tuchel’s men got off to the perfect start in the first halfCredit: Getty
The Blues moved quickly out the blocks, creating excellent chances – most notably spurned by Timo Werner.
They did manage to take a 14th minute lead through Christian Pulisic, only to be pegged back by an excellent Karim Benzema strike on the half hour.
Per Opta, the result means that Tuchel ‘has faced Real Madrid more often without losing in the UEFA Champions League than against any other opponent’.
And he is the only gaffer to have ever avoided defeat in his first five games in the competition against the Spanish giants.
But still, the 47-year-old wanted more.
He told BT Sport: “We started the game very very well, with a lot of courage and quality. We deserved to win the first half, we had chances.
“Unfortunately they scored from a set-piece and they had nothing else, we didn’t allow any chances.
“It was a disappointing score at half time. We had to stay calm and not lose confidence.
“The second half was very tactical, you could feel that we are a bit tired. We only had a few days to recover from another tough away game. We have to live with 1-1.
“The goal was well deserved and we should have scored at least one more.
“We conceded more or less out of nothing and that can always happen against individual quality.”
The two sides will reconvene next Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge to determine who will face either Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City in the final.
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