Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchelavoided defeat against Real Madrid once again after the German tactician led the Blues to a creditable 1-1 draw away from home against the 13-time European champions in the first leg of the semi-final tie between the two teams (Chelsea and Madrid) in the Champions League.
The ex-Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Mainz 05 manager is looking to make an appearance in the Champions League final for the second consecutive yearafter he led PSG to that stage of the competition last year. He was not able to prevent his team from ending as beaten finalists last season in the Champions League at the hands of Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. Former PSG winger Kingsley Coman scored a second half header to give Bayerna 1-0 win over the French club. That Champions League title win sealed the treble for Bayern under then new manager Hansi Flick.
Tuchel was sacked as the PSG manager after a shaky start to this season and was then appointed the Chelsea manager in the place of Frank Lampard in January. Lampard was sacked due to poor results in the league and Tuchel has been able to rejuvenate this season for Chelsea.
The most optimistic of Chelsea fans won’t have predicted that the club would be within one game of the Champions League final when Lampard was sacked and replaced by Tuchel at the start of this year.
A goalless draw at home to Real Madrid in the second leg is enough to take Chelsea into this season’s Champions League final after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in Madrid. Christian Pulisic gave the Blues a precious away goal before Frenchman Karim Benzema equalised for the hosts. The two goals were scored in the first half.