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Christian Pulisic of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted he was disappointed to see his side pass up a chance to secure a first leg advantage as they drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Champions league semi-final.

Tuchel has admitted a lack of "composure and precision" in front of goal cost Chelsea a potentially-decisive Champions League semi-lead, but there was huge signs of encouragement for the Blues ahead of next weeks' second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Christian Pulisic rounded goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and fired home to put Chelsea into a stunning early lead, only for Karim Benzema to conjure a peerless finish to scramble the muddled Madrid side a 1-1 draw.

Blues boss Tuchel conceded he is unsure whether the away goal and the draw will hand Chelsea the edge in the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, May 5.

Timo Werner failed to convert two fine first-half chances for the west Londoners, leaving Tuchel delighted with the application but circumspect about the end product.

"We defend together as a team, all the strikers have their part," Tuchel said. "We always defend as a block with 11 people so I don’t feel we are pointing fingers.

"But of course, the strikers are the first guys who want to score and be decisive. They want to do it for themselves and the team, this is the highest level.

"Sometimes if you have such a good half-an-hour as we had, with chances and half-chances, you wish for more composure and precision in the decision-making and finishing itself.

"It was not like this so the challenge was more to not worry too long, regret too long and not lose confidence. We did this in the second half and defended very, very well.

"We suffered physically because we only had two days in between. You cannot change five times in the Premier League so it is quite physically demanding. Today you could feel this at the end of the game.

"I have a feeling we should have won the first half and that we deserved to win the first half and we could have maybe decided this game in the first half an hour when we were playing so strong.

"The second half was a tactical game and you could feel we only had two days in between two away games that were physically and mentally demanding and you could feel it in the decision making and then some ball losses and acceleration so we suffered from that today and an extra day would have been nice for us.

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

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Chelsea's impressive performance in Madrid has seen bookies Paddy Power slash their odds to win the Champions League from 4/1 to a slim 16/5, with former Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard admitting his Real Madrid side were not at their best on home soil.

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Eden Hazard of Real Madrid runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Kai Havertz.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Eden Hazard of Real Madrid runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Kai Havertz. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Eden Hazard of Real Madrid runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Kai Havertz. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

"It could be better and it could be worse," said Hazard, who came on a a second half substitute. "We will go there looking for the win."

When asked about his own troubled two years at Real Madrid, Hazard responded: "I am just going step by step, of course I want to play, I want to be on the pitch.

"I played a bit more today than before, we have games before the end of the season and I want to be ready. I am just happy to be playing again. It's always good to play against friends. Now I am a Real Madrid player so I just want to win.

"The manager decides what formation we play, we know how to play with three at the back but we can also play with four."

Real boss Zinedine Zidane insisted the draw was a reasonable reflection of the game.

"I think it’s a fair result, it’s true that the first half was not our best," he stated. "We had some difficulties, but in the second half it was better so I’d say it was a fair result.

"You have to suffer but I am happy for all my players, because we are alive. We know we have to go to London, try to score and win the match."

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