THOMAS TUCHEL declared the quarter-final game between Chelsea and Real Madrid over after a hat-trick by Karim Benzema at half-time.
The boss of the blues raged the weak representation of his side what followed 4-1 home humiliation against Brentford on Saturday.
But he refused to capitalize on the uncertainty off the field Chelsea‘s property as an excuse for the horror show.
Asked if the tie was still alive 3-1, the German replied: “No. Not at the moment, no, we have to find our level again first.
“It’s a tough loss and it was one of the worst first halves I’ve seen from us here at Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t know where it is since the international break.
“The first half was a replay against Brentford in the Champions League quarter-finals against real Madrid. You can’t expect any result from this kind of performance.
“We can damage Madrid more, but we were far from our level. It’s very disappointing.
“When you get that goal (scored by Havertz) you have the energy back and we had 16 shots in the second half, I think I think. You can always come back, you can equalize, you can win.
“But obviously if you kill the game yourself after 48 minutes, it gets progressively more difficult. Still, we had chances to make it 3-2, which could be decisive, but not today
“If you ask about ownership, I still don’t see any differences from the past few weeks, so I won’t take that as an excuse.
“I worry more about Southampton than Real Madrid. This is my focus.
“If we don’t get our heads and legs straight and get our mentality right, we’re not going to beat Southampton and that tie doesn’t live.
“If we keep playing like this, we’ll lose at Southampton and then we don’t have to think about the Bernabeu – we’ll get hammered at the Bernabeu.”
The 34-year-old headed home two great header goals in the first half before Kai Havertz nodded one back for the hosts.
Benzema then capitalized on a horror gaffe from Blues keeper Edouard Mendy to make it 3-1 45 seconds into the second half.
The Real Madrid hero, dubbed the ‘best No9 in the world’ by pundit Rio Ferdinand, said: ‘They are magical nights, like the other night at the Bernabeu against Paris.
“Today we came out to win, to show that we are Real Madrid. These are very important goals.
“I’m happiest to have scored the third goal as I missed one in the first half and was thinking about the chance because scoring goals is very important.”
Carlo Ancelotti was full of praise for his star striker.
The Italian said: “Karim Benzema is getting better every day, just like the wine.
“He’s more of a leader every day. He feels more and more important in this squad. I think that makes the difference. He knows he’s a very important player for us. He is a role model for everyone.
“Of course we have a lead, but the duel is still open. We no longer have an away goals rule, which is now an advantage for Chelsea. We respect Chelsea because they are a good team.
“I think Real Madrid played better but there is one game left and anything can happen.”
Ancelotti, who won the double with Chelsea in 2010, was asked about Blues ownership.
He replied: “I think Chelsea will always be in my heart and I hope they will remain one of the best teams in Europe as they have done over the past few years.”
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