‘Real Madrid were there for the taking’: Joe Cole claims Chelsea should be disappointed with Champions League semi-final first-leg result in Spanish capital… despite taking away goal back to west London for next week’s return fixture
- Chelsea drew their Champions League semi-final first-leg at Real Madrid
- Christian Pulisic’s solo goal was cancelled out by Karim Benzema’s equaliser
- Joe Cole says the Blues should have won by a considerable distance on Tuesday
- Thomas Tuchel’s side missed a host of chances – the best falling to Timo Werner
Joe Cole claims Chelsea should be disappointed with their Champions League semi-final first-leg result at Real Madrid as they should have put the tie to bed.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues drew 1-1 away at the 13-time European champions on Tuesday night and while they took a vital away goal back to west London for next week’s return leg, the visitors missed a great deal of chances to add to their tally.
Despite their slender advantage going into the Stamford Bridge tie next Wednesday, former Blues winger Cole believes Tuchel should have used his substitutions better to try and get a result.
Joe Cole claims Chelsea should be disappointed with their 1-1 draw at Real Madrid
The Blues took a Champions League semi-final away goal back for Stamford Bridge next week
Speaking about Chelsea’s performance, Cole told BT Sport: ‘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.’
Cole claims Thomas Tuchel (above) should have used his substitutions better in Valdebebas
The Blues took the lead in Madrid on Tuesday night through Christian Pulisic’s solo effort
Chelsea took the lead in the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium in Real’s Valdebebas training ground through Christian Pulisic – but Karim Benzema’s acrobatic effort inside the box levelled the match before half-time.
The Blues should have arguably scored more in the first-half, with Timo Werner missing the best chance after nine minutes when the German fired straight at Thibaut Courtois from inside the box with most of the goal to aim at.
Ben Chilwell fired a first-half effort wide from inside the box while German striker Werner spurned another couple of opportunities when he should have done better.
At the other end, Real’s only real other chance of the game – barring Benzema’s goal – came from the French striker who struck the outside of Edouard Mendy’s post.
Karim Benzema equalised in the rain-sodden Spanish capital with an acrobatic effort
The Blues missed several chances in the opening leg, with Timo Werner missing the best one
The Blues controlled the second-half but didn’t do enough to score a second goal, with fellow BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman claiming the Blues took their foot off the gas because they got their away goal early.
McManaman added: ‘I think Madrid will be happy (with the result), Chelsea lacked mobility in the second half. They know if they can win at home they will go through.
‘I think that is why they were conservative, I think Chelsea should have won.’