Andreas Christensen: Chelsea FC know how to ‘hurt’ Real Madrid in Champions League return leg

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Andreas Christensen insists Chelsea know how to "hurt" Real Madrid and is convinced they can book their place in the Champions League Final.

Thomas Tuchel bemoaned a host of wasted chances in last night's 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final.

Christian Pulisic fired Chelsea ahead before Karim Benzema equalised against the run of play to leave the tie finely balanced.

Christensen believes the Blues can finish the job at Stamford Bridge, with an away goal to protect.

"We know where we can hurt them or where we had a good chance," said the centre-back. "I think we saw that quite well in the first 25 minutes.

"We started on fire. We came out like we wanted to win — we did that the whole game. In the first half an hour, we had a lot of chances.

"We got a lot of counter-attacks where we were running towards their last three in very good situations. We could have won the game, but all in all we can be happy with most of it."

Christensen added: "[The away goal] is massive. You know we are a difficult team to score against — hopefully we can show that again next week — but still we don't have to forget how good we are going forward."

Tuchel believes Chelsea should have been in control of the tie heading into the second leg after such a dominant first-half performance which saw Timo Werner fail to score from six yards with only goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to beat.

"We deserved to win the first half, lots of chances and half-chances, unfortunately they scored from a set-piece," he said. "It was a bit disappointing at half-time and important not to lose confidence. The second half was very tactical, the speed and intensity dropped.

“f we had one more day to recover, we could have hurt Madrid by keeping the intensity up. We have to live with 1-1. Next week we have to face another challenge against Real Madrid, it will be another tough one because it is the Champions League semi-final, nothing is sure.

"It is half-time and we need to fight for every centimetre and advantage that we want to have, we need to fight and to deserve it."

Madrid defender Raphael Varane admitted Chelsea were the better team before the break.

"We couldn't break their lines with our passing," he said. "Their press was annoying for us and we'll need to learn from the start of the game for the second leg.

"I think we saw two games between the first half and the second. They started well with a lot of intensity and they pressed us well, and they broke our first line of the press with some very vertical play. With Karim's goal we got into the game and the second half was a lot better. In a game like this, Benzema makes the difference. He changed the dynamic. We know his quality and he helps us a lot.

"At this stage of the competition, our fitness will be important — physically and mentally. We need to go out to win the return leg."

Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Joe Cole has warned his former club to expect a much-improved Madrid in the second leg.

"It's disappointing [Chelsea] could not put the tie to bed," he told BT Sport. "[Tuchel] will have a tinge of disappointment, Madrid were there for the taking. I don't think they will play as bad as that in the second leg. It was a good result, but could have been better.

"Real Madrid were one or two yards off it. Chelsea got into good positions so many times, but with better decisions in the last third it could have been more comfortable."

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