Chelsea saw their Champions League defence crashed on Wednesday night after losing at home to Real Madrid. They trail by a two goals deficit to the Spanish giants losing 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel admitted that the tie was no longer alive ahead of the return leg which will take place at the Madrid capital on Tuesday. He described the defeat as lack of structure and intensity from the players as they defended uncharacteristically and untypical following the shocking 4-1 defeat against Brentford too.
However, the blues produced a scintillating performance against Southampton on Saturday to respond to their recent struggles and send a message to the Spanish giant ahead of the Champions League second leg clash on Tuesday. The opponent on Saturday were quite a different team on another level compared to what they will face in Madrid on Tuesday, but the performance was a perfect response to get them back on track as they hope to pull one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the competition.
The blues ran riot at St Mary’s stadium on Saturday to beat Southampton 6-0, but their Champions League opponent won comfortably on the same day and extend the leader at the top of the table in La Liga. This will be a different challenge for the blues as Madrid has qualities all over the pitch and have the advantage of leading by 3-1. The blues will hope that the recent win should be a catalyst as they seek to dismantle Real Madrid after resolving the mistakes of the first leg.