Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea arriving at Champions League semi-finals


Chelsea will play either Liverpool or Real Madrid for a spot in the last after a 2-1 total win over Porto.

“We will end up being a solid side,” he revealed to BT Sport after his group lost the second leg 1-0 in injury time.

“We were unable to polish it off with an objective so we needed to keep it together.”

Chelsea were 10th in the Premier League when Tuchel showed up in January yet he has guided them to inside a state of the main four, the FA Cup semi-finals and now into a Champions League semi-last in spite of Mehdi Taremi’s magnificent late victor in Seville, which facilitated the two legs of the tie in view of Covid limitations.

Tuchel was a beaten finalist with Paris St-Germain a year ago and would not be drawn on whether he would prefer to confront Liverpool or Real – who have a 3-1 first-leg advantage.

“Overall I like not to play against groups from your equivalent association in the Champions League as it gives all the more a sensation of an European rivalry yet that is the solitary thing,” he said.

“The Liverpool tie is a long way from being done yet I will watch it without a doubt.

“It is a delight to watch it as a semi-finalist, which is an extraordinary accomplishment. We will watch these games and the sky is the limit. Liverpool are solid at home so we take what we get. It is a decent circumstance for us.”

Chelsea and Liverpool met in three epic semi-finals and a quarter-last over the course of about five years somewhere in the range of 2005 and 2009 however Jurgen Klopp’s side will require another blending Anfield rebound to set up a rematch not long from now.

Chelsea have now arrived at eight Champions League semi-finals, more than some other English side since the opposition was rebranded from the European Cup in 1992, yet have only one prize to show for their endeavors.

Be that as it may, who might they rather confront?

“On paper it’s one of the most exceedingly awful Real Madrid groups in living memory, as far as names and dread factor,” previous Blues and England goalkeeper Rob Green revealed to BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Be that as it may, they do have a chief in Zinedine Zidane who gets it directly in the Champions League.

“They have endured and could traverse again – they get it directly at the business end. In case you’re Chelsea I don’t have a clue who you’d prefer play.”

“We will take anybody [in the semi-finals],” Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount disclosed to BT Sport.

“We’re prepared for the battle. We will plunk down and watch the Liverpool v Real game now and truly dissect it. We will be prepared for anybody.

“It’s hard to come in halfway through the season however he [Tuchel] hugely affects the players.

“We have known from the very first moment what he has needed and executed it in the games.

“We are buckling down in preparing and it is appearing. We are looking strong collectively. We have been performing at an undeniable level. We need to proceed with that.”

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