THOMAS TUCHEL was left furious with Ruben Loftus-Cheek after a sloppy error during the first-half of their must-win clash at Real Madrid.
Leading 1-0 through Mason Mount’s early goal, Chelsea were pushing for a second to level the aggregate score at 3-3.
Thomas Tuchel cut an animated figure during the game at the Bernabeu but erupted after a sloppy error from Ruben Loftus-CheekCredit: Rex
But Tuchel was left quite literally hopping mad after a lazy blunder.
A simple pass was played over to Loftus-Cheek on the touchline, with the 10-cap England star seemingly taking his eye off the ball.
The midfielder allowed the ball to escape him and bounced out of play for a Real Madrid throw-in.
Tuchel – standing just yards away – spun around and bounced up and down in anger, gesturing wildly.
The German boss appeared to shout something in anger as the emotion of the night appeared to get the better of him.
Loftus-Cheek has enjoyed a bit of a run in the Chelsea side of late and has impressed fans since coming back from yet another injury – particularly while often playing out of position at right-wing-back.
But even the most-faithful of Blues fans appeared to lose patience in the first-half at the Bernabeu – despite leading 1-0.
One disgruntled fan tweeted: “Loftus-Cheek is a calamity waiting to happen.
“Has to pick himself up before half-time drastically.”
Another wrote: “Loftus-Cheek is the weak link in this Chelsea team.”
A third added: “Loftus-Cheek has been off it. Needs to come off.”
And it was a familiar theme as hoards of fans urged Tuchel to relieve Loftus-Cheek of his duties at half-time.
But Loftus-Cheek stayed on the pitch – and was celebrating moments later as Antonio Rudiger doubled Chelsea’s lead on the night with a header from a corner early in the second-half.