Tuchel suggests Chelsea master plan to limit Ramos against Real Madrid


Thomas Tuchel has hinted that Chelsea might use a fake nine rather than a natural striker if Sergio Ramos plays against them for Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Ramos missed the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between the two sides. However, the Madrid captain is back in contention for the other leg. After one 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital, Chelsea will be eager to stay in control of the draw.

Ramo’s potential return, however, will give them something to think about. Even at the age of 35, he remains one of the best defenders in the world.

Madrid used a back-three consisting of Eder Militao, Raphael Varane and Nacho in his absence in the first stage. They returned to a back-fire in their only La Liga match since the latter dropped out.

If Ramos is ready to visit Stamford Bridge, it will not only give Madrid another chance in this area, but it will also mean Chelsea have a tough opponent to get past. And with Varane excluded from the match, the importance of the Spanish international could increase.

That’s why Chelsea need to counter him – but Tuchel has hinted at their plan to do so.


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Speaking to theirs official website, the Chelsea head coach suggested that they might sacrifice a center-forward and go with a false nine, as they have done in some recent matches.

“If we do not play without a striker at all and Ramos has nothing to fight for, it could also be a solution,” he said. “I have not decided yet.

“It’s another challenge because he’s the leader of their group and he’s the guy who gives a lot of solutions to the questions that we will hopefully ask them.

“We will wait and see who is in good shape and good form, what form we play and where we try to hurt them.

“I’m not so sure if they will play again with five or go back to four [in defence] so there are many questions but we do not need the answers now. That’s enough if we have them on Wednesday. ”

Ramos is linked with the Chelsea transfer

While Ramos could line up against Chelsea on Wednesday, there have been claims that he could play for them next season.

The Blues saw the benefits of adding experience to their backline with the takeover of Thiago Silva in the summer. They are looking for a long-term successor to the Brazilian, but the opportunity to collaborate with Ramos in the meantime is inviting.

Ramos is without a contract at the end of the season, and although he can still stay at Real, he has not yet reached an agreement. It could allow Chelsea to swing in.

According to a recent report from Don Balon, Chelsea are apparently willing to offer him a huge salary worth € 25 million. Pr. Season. It would certainly end Madrid’s hopes of clinging to him.

Ramos would become one of the highest paid players in the Premier League if he were to accept these terms. Therefore, Chelsea have a good chance of convincing him financially.

However, the allegations have not been backed up by other sources, so it remains to be seen how advanced the negotiations really are.

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