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​Chelsea boss Tuchel explains Kovacic, Ziyech substitutions in Real Madrid loss

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has explained his decision to make half-time changes against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The Blues suffered a significant setback in their quest for back to back European glory, losing the quarter-final first leg at home 3-1.

At the interval, Tuchel brought on Hakim Ziyech and Matteo Kovacic to help his side.

Speaking post-game, he stated: "We wanted to change the formation and to turn things around because I think personally there was enough where we could hurt them but we were so far off our level in everything the game demands – tactically, individually, in shape.

"We tried to play in a new formation but we killed the game off with a big mistake after three minutes. It was a tactical change and like always it's never on one or two players, it's on all of us and I'm included in this."

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