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Will the second leg vs Real Madrid be a disaster for Chelsea?

Reece James

Chelsea picked up a hard-fought 1-1 draw vs Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash but according to Joe Cole, the Blues should have put the tie to bed.

The Blues were easily the better side for most of the match and they should have killed off the tie by the end of the first half itself. But a combination of poor finishing and a great goal from Benzema helped Madrid come back into the tie and level things up.

Speaking after the match, pundit Joe Cole has explained how Thomas Tuchel got one or two things slightly wrong and that Real Madrid will be a different beast in the second leg.

Cole told BT Sport, as quoted by The Daily Mail: ‘They were the most physical side, it’s disappointing they could not to put tie to bed.

‘Tuchel missed a trick not getting Reece James on earlier or Callum Hudson Odoi being brought on. He will have a tinge of disappointment, Real Madrid were there for taking.

‘I don’t think they [Madrid] will play as bad as that in the second leg. It was a good result but could have been better.

‘Real Madrid were one or two yards off it. Chelsea got into good positions so many times, but with better decisions in the last third, it could have been more comfortable.’

Chelsea came firing out of the blocks on Tuesday and had they converted all their chances, the Premier League side could have easily gone back home with a 2-0 or 3-0 scoreline.

But, as Cole said, Zidane will now know exactly what not to do at Stamford Bridge and his side will be much more prepared to handle the onslaught.

The only thing Zidane will have to be wary about is to keep a check on Kane and Jorginho by stopping them from dominating the middle of the pitch.

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