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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel 'We have to live with 1-1'.

Tuchel embraces Mason Mount. [Getty]
Tuchel embraces Mason Mount. [Getty]

Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel heaped praise on his side’s ‘courage and quality’ after their 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.

The west London club will take an away goal back to Stamford Bridge as their quest to seal a spot in the Champions League final remains in the balance.

Christian Pulisic broke the deadlock with a calm finish in the 14th minute but the goal was cancelled out by Karim Benzema's volley as Real Madrid held their opponents.

Tuchel’s Blues dominated most of the game at the rain-soaked Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano but failed to advantage of several opportunities created in the first half.

Tuchel told BT Sport: "We started the game very very well, with a lot of courage and quality. We deserved to win the first half, we had chances. Unfortunately, they scored from a set-piece and they had nothing else, we didn't allow any chances.

"It was a disappointing score at half time. We had to stay calm and not lose confidence. The second half was very tactical, you could feel that we are a bit tired. We only had a few days to recover from another tough away game. We have to live with 1-1. "The goal was well deserved and we should have scored at least one more. We conceded more or less out of nothing and that can always happen against individual quality."

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