If he understands the stakes that this poses for Real Madrid, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel refuses to attach excessive importance to the return of Sergio Ramos, before the semi-final return of the Champions League between the two teams, scheduled this Wednesday (kick off at 9 p.m., live on RMC Sport 1).
Looking with Chelsea for a second consecutive final in a personal capacity, the German Thomas Tuchel is on track to achieve his goal after the first leg (1-1) in Madrid. “The challenge is to forget the result of the first leg,” said Thomas Tuchel, on the eve of the meeting which will take place Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea coach hopes his players ignore the draw at Real Madrid, and play “to win” the Champions League semi-final second leg in London on Wednesday.
“The main lesson of 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,” he said at a press conference. Zinedine Zidane, who has never yet managed to defeat Thomas Tuchel in five confrontations (four draws, one defeat), will be deprived of Raphaël Varane for the semi-final return. The French technician, on the other hand, records the return of Sergio Ramos, his captain.
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Tuchel can count on his entire group
And that necessarily changes a lot of things in the approach of this match, when we know all that this player has been able to bring to his club in the decisive moments. “Whether Ramos plays or not, it makes a big difference for Real, yes, assured Thomas Tuchel. He is the captain of the team which has had the most success in Europe in recent years. But we are not going. Losing our money for it, we expect him to play, we prepare for it, and we’ll make sure he doesn’t do the job on his own. “
Thomas Tuchel has no infirmary problems: after blowing his executives in the victory against Fulham, the technician will be able to count on all of his players, except Mateo Kovacic, to bring down Real Madrid. This would also be a small feat for the German technician. After being defeated in the final of the previous edition by Bayern Munich (1-0), with Paris, Tuchel is on the verge of a new C1 final with Chelsea.