- Joe Cole believes Chelsea should have done everything to defeat Real Madrid in the first leg
- The Blues failed to hold on to their lead after Karim Benzema cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s goal
- Cole insists that Chelsea were the better side in the encounter but should have claimed victory
Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has stated that Chelsea should be disappointed they failed to register a win in Spain in their first-leg Champions League semi-final cracker with Real Madrid.
The former Chelsea star maintained that Thomas Tuchel’s side should have themselves to blame having shown class against their opponents away from home.
Cole added that the Blues should have put the game to bed even though they take a crucial away goal as it ended 1-1 against the 13-time European champions on Tuesday night.
He also suggested that Tuchel should have made substitutions earlier in the game as they should have done everything to claim the win.
Cole told BT Sport via Daily Mail:
“They were the most physical side, it's disappointing they could not to put tie to bed.
“Tuchel missed a trick not getting Reece James on earlier or Callum Hudson Odoi being brought on. He will have a tinge of disappointment, Real Madrid were there for taking.'
“I don't think they [Madrid] 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."
This was the fourth meeting between the two teams and Chelsea were desperate to cement their dominance over Real as they are yet to suffer defeat in the hands of the La Liga giants.
The two teams went on to settle for a 1-1 draw, with Chelsea claiming an important away goal which they take into the second leg to be played in England.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Rio Ferdinand has predicted Paris Saint-Germain will win the Champions League title this season.
Should the French giants go all the way and lift the European trophy, it would be the first time in their history to do that.
However, they will have to contend with a two-legged semi-final fixture with Man City on their way to the finals where they will face the winner between Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Last season, PSG missed out on the prestigious title after suffering a slim 1-0 win in the hands of Bayern Munich in the finals.
Source: Sports Brief News