LONDON – The German Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea coach, assured that they are prepared for the possible presence of Sergio Ramos in this Wednesday’s game, as he is the captain of Real Madrid, the “most successful team in Europe”.
“If Ramos plays or not … It’s a difficult question, because I don’t know. For Madrid it changes a lot because he is the captain, he is the captain of the most successful team in Europe, but we can’t think much about it. If he plays, let’s prepare for it, “said the German.
Tuchel also mentioned the formation of Zinedine Zidane’s men and the possibility of changing the defense of five he used in the first leg.
“I do not know if they will play with five defenders or with three, it will depend on whether Mendy and Ramos are there. I do not think the important thing is the formation, or how they play, it will depend on how we do it and if we are at our best level”, he claimed.
The Chelsea coach said they have to forget about the result of the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid and that this has “zero importance” in how they will come out on Wednesday to the field.
“We have to forget about the result of the first leg. We want to win, for that I prepare my players. The result does not matter in our preparation and in how we will go to the field tomorrow,” Tuchel said at a press conference about the 1-1 with the that the Blues start in the return against Real Madrid.
“It is a semifinal, with a lot of pressure. Trusting 100% in us is necessary. You cannot face Madrid without faith. What we learned in the first leg is that we have every right to be in the semifinals and that we did not have to be afraid of be in front of the best teams in the world, “he added.
Focused on his own team, Tuchel announced that Croatian half Mateo Kovacic has not recovered in time and that he will not be in the match, but that he will be able to count on German defender Antonio Rudiger, who will play with a mask due to an injury he suffers in the face.
“The best thing is that we are almost complete with the squad, in good shape and with a good result in the first leg,” he said.
In addition, the German coach encouraged Timo Werner, who missed a clear chance against Madrid in the first leg.
“Sometimes the strikers miss big chances, it’s part of the game. We haven’t made any decisions yet. There is a training session left and we have to see how everyone is doing. I trust my players, whoever plays tomorrow plays,” said Tuchel.