Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea coach, hopes that his players will ignore the 1-1 obtained in the first leg on Real Madrid, and will play “to win” Wednesday in London, in the semi-final second leg of C1.
Keep the advantage or attack : “The challenge is to forget the result of the first leg. In a second round in the Champions League, you always have to start from 0-0. We are preparing to win this game, the result of the first leg has no importance in preparing for tomorrow’s game, in how we train or in what I am going to say to my players. We will have to put intensity. There is pressure at this level, and you have to believe in yourself, otherwise you have no chance against a team like Real. I’m sure my players feel that and they know how to deliver a great performance. ”
Pulisic took over the 10, Hazard’s number : “It shows at what level he places his ambitions and dreams. The downside is that people are going to compare them all the time. But for now Christian has a good impact on the team and we would be happy if he continued tomorrow after his first leg goal. ”
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The return of Sergio Ramos : “Whether Ramos plays or not, it makes a big difference for Real, yes. He is the captain of the most successful team in Europe in recent years. But we are not going to lose our means for that, we expect him to play, we prepare for it, and we will make sure that he does not do the job on his own. The main lesson from the first leg is that we can have confidence in ourselves, that we deserve our place in the semi-finals and that we are up to the challenge. ”
On Werner’s tenure : “I know Timo absolutely wants to score. We have to accept that goal scorers sometimes miss big chances. It’s part of the game. I have not yet made all the decisions on the composition of the team, there is still a training session, I will see how the players are in confidence, in shape. Timo didn’t score but he also has a high intensity in his defensive work. In the team everyone must take their responsibilities to score and to defend. We create enough chances for ourselves to score goals. For him, it will come with a time of adaptation, when he has more confidence in himself. I have confidence in all the players that I will field tomorrow, and the good news is that no one has the obligation to win the game on their own, we will do it together. “
N’Golo Kanté, Tuchel’s “dream” : “He won all the trophies possible except the Champions League. Would winning it make him even bigger? How far? He’s a top player already, he’s the guy you need to win trophies. When I coached other clubs, I dreamed of having this player in my teams, and now I have him. He is an incredible example, he is a quiet, discreet boy, who needs to have quality time for him, he smiles a lot, he communicates with everyone but he does not speak loudly, he is always polite, it is through his performances that he expresses himself. “