His side had gone 3-0 up at the Santiago Bernabeu and reverted the situation after the first leg, but in the end were unable to hold onto that lead. Goals from Rodrygo and Karim Benzema in extra time did for reigning European champions as they were unable to react to those setbacks. Even so, they could still have drawn level in extra time with Jorginho and Kai Havertz putting good chances wide.
That feeling of missed opportunity was reflected in Tuchel’s analysis, as he spoke to SkySports.
"We are very disappointed and very proud at the same time"
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel reflects on his side's heartbreaking Champions League defeat to Real Madrid ? pic.twitter.com/qUpJ2x4mK0
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 12, 2022
The German was keen to highlight to the good effort of his side but did note that the difference between the two was the big moments. Real Madrid‘s Champions League pedigree shone through, as Karim Benzema and Luka Modric delivered when it mattered most to swing the tie in their favour.