Tuchel explains why he had to sub three players at the same time

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Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Wednesday night, and it was a game Chelsea could have won after a dominant first half performance.

At some point in the second half, Real Madrid seemed in control of the game, and Blues boss Thomas Tuchel made three substitions at a time as he took off Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Cesar Azpilicueta, and brought in Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Reece James.

The changes had a desired effect, and Chelsea took back the game and looked likely to score the winner.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel told BT Sport that the players were tired from the West Ham game.

Asked whether it was always his plan to make the changes just past the hour-mark, Tuchel replied: “No, you cannot plan.

“But in this moment we lost too many balls, we had too many technical errors.

“Azpi looked very tired, Christian looked very tired, same for Timo.

“We worked very hard last week so no, we decide from what we see and what is necessary in the game.”

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