Thomas Tuchel has discussed Real Madrid’s potential roster ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second leg semi-final.
Chelsea hosted the Spanish champions in the second leg of their last four games on Wednesday night, with the draw being well balanced after a 1-1 draw last week.
Tuchel’s side impressed in the first meeting and were unhappy not to come back with an advantage, and the German says his side feel renewed confidence ahead of the return to Stamford Bridge.
“We feel it, they did it in the first leg,” Tuchel said in his pre-match press conference.
“We felt we could be stronger, no we rested players, three days off, the challenge is to maintain the intensity throughout the game.
“It’s a semi-final, the pressure is on, a knockout game, so coming in with a level of conviction and confidence is necessary, otherwise we won’t stand a chance.”
Real boss Zinedine Zidane created a surprise in the first leg by choosing a three-full-back formation, a system designed to counter Chelsea’s use of three center-backs.
Tuchel admits he’s unsure whether the Spaniards will stick with the system or move to a more regularly used 4-3-3 formation after Sergio Ramos’ expected return, insisting he is focusing on his own side before a crucial confrontation.
🗣 “Maybe not playing any striker, so Ramos has nothing to fight.”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s reaction to the possibility that Sergio Ramos might be fit to play for Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg pic.twitter.com/zyUqcTENx2
– Daily Football (@footballdaily) May 4, 2021
“I don’t know if they’ll play 5-3-2 again, maybe they’ll go 4-3-3. From this decision, things change. I think it’s not about training, what Real Madrid play, but how we play. Are we brave enough? Are we brave enough?
“The main lesson is that we can trust each other and we have the right to be in the semi-finals. We deserve to be there and perform at this level.
Tuchel has said his side will try to forget the outcome of the first leg ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, urging his side to deliver as the Blues look to reach a third Champions League final.
“The challenge is to forget the result. We will clearly prepare for the match. I don’t know of any other way to prepare for the game, to go out, to be our best. If we are at our best. It is obvious to strive for a victory. This club aims to win.
Chelsea will look to bolster their success in Munich in 2012 to win a second European Cup, although the German has denied that the Champions League is the club’s ‘holy grail’.
“I have never felt that this competition was our holy grail since I arrived, but I felt that this club was about winning. It does something to you, you feel it. We’re very competitive, very serious about any game, that’s what I like.
“I never thought we had a holy grail to reach the final or winning the Champions League is the only goal. I have a strong feeling that every win counts, the club demand that we win any game no matter who is on the other side of the pitch.
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