Thomas Tuchel admits there is a side he desperately wants to avoid at Chelsea when the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals takes place on Friday.
The Blues are on an incredible run of form under Tuchel. Since taking over, they’ve kept 11 clean sheets in 13 games. This race has included six in a row, with Atletico Madrid being canceled twice as Chelsea progressed in the Champions League.
The last eight have many big names, including two other Premier League sides in Manchester City and Liverpool. Defending champions Bayern Munich and big contenders Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid are also involved.
However, the team Tuchel is most keen to avoid is PSG – the team he led for two and a half years. before his dismissal.
Explaining why he wants to avoid a meeting with the giants of Ligue 1, Tuchel says he knows their strengths too well.
“I’m not sure,” Tuchel said RMC Sport when asked if he wanted to meet his old club. “They are very strong, I know them well but we have to wait.”
Despite this, Tuchel insists Chelsea are also a team others will seek to avoid.
“We are going through it and it was deserved,” Tuchel said. “It was an incredible team effort from the guys on the pitch, the guys on the bench and even the guys in the stands.
“It was a very big victory for us and a deserved victory. The amount of effort and intensity from the team in both legs was exceptional and incredible. We missed four key players, but everyone stepped up, so I’m very happy.
“There were times when we were great with the ball. We had a brave and courageous defense, and we adapted to any system played by the opponent. It was a big win, a deserved win and I’m really happy for my players.
“Guys play with a special bond and results like this give you some edge and the glue to achieve special things. You can only do this with a special atmosphere.
“I’m pretty sure no one wants to play against us in the last eight. It will be a big step forward, but there is no need to be afraid. “
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Ferdinand sets Havertz Chelsea goal
Pundit Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, says he wants to see a middle streak emerge in Kai Havertz’s game at Chelsea.
The German played the full 90 minutes as the Blues edged out Atletico Madrid on Wednesday – and the expert compared him to a great Man Utd.
“He looks like a nice boy, and I want to see a ruthless side to him come out,” Ferdinand said.
“I think you can [instil it] on a soccer field, in order to get yourself out of the position where it is now, you have to find something that maybe isn’t part of your makeup.
“Look for and find things you can add. It might help you improve your form. “
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