FA Cup semi-final: Tuchel reveals how the players are feeling after Real Madrid defeat

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Chelsea had done well to recover from a slump that saw Thomas Tuchel’s side lose 4-1 and 3-1 respectively, to Brentford and Real Madrid.

Chelsea would go on to beat Southampton 6-0, and won away at Madrid, although it wasn’t enough to secure qualification to the semi-final of the Champions League.

Speaking ahead of the FA Cup semi-final clash with Crystal Palace, Thomas Tuchel has revealed that the players are feeling in-between, but is certain their mood will bounce back after the training sessions.

“We are all a bit in between confidence wise,” said Tuchel.

“It was a fantastic performance and it stays like this, but it still tastes bitter. We feel we could have been one of the four teams in the semi-final. It’s a weird feeling. We had a huge task to go to Real Madrid and win with two goals minimum.

“The players are also a bit in between. We haven’t talked much with them. We have some training time now which we will use to sweat it out and digest it fully to be ready for Sunday.

“We bounced back from the two performances and results against Brentford and the first leg, we won both games after that, and there is a big knockout game coming at Wembley which is a good thing. There is a huge reward coming with it, it’s not a normal game in Premier League to collect points.”

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