Joe Cole questions Tuchel as he reveals his disappointment at the end of the game against Real Madrid

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Chelsea had a good game against Real Madrid away from home at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Madrid were favourites for the game, but they were outplayed by Chelsea, and the Blues deserved to win the game.

Missed chances and the brilliance of Karim Benzema was enough to see the game end in a 1-1 draw.

Speaking after the game, former Chelsea star Joe Cole hailed the team’s display, although he was disappointed that they didn’t go on to win the match.

Chelsea looked the likely side to score the winner after Tuchel brought on Reece James, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech. However, Joe Cole believes that the Blues boss should have made the decision much earlier, and he should have introduced Callum Hudson-Odoi against a tired Real Madrid defence.

“They played very, very well. I thought they were the most physical team on the pitch,” the former Chelsea and England winger said in the BT Sport studio shortly after the final whistle.

“The only disappointing thing is not to put it to bed. I think early on when you had Real Madrid on the ropes and you could have got Callum Hudson-Odoi on or Reece James on a bit earlier to go at Marcelo… I think we’ve missed a little trick.

“I hope I’m wrong but I just think they won’t play as bad as that.

“And if [Sergio] Ramos is back for the second leg, they’ll go back to a back-four which they will be more comfortable with, Eden Hazard has another week of training. Does he come in and make an impact?

“So it was a good result, fantastic performance but it could have been better.”

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