Tuchel keen to maintain winning mentality
Thomas Tuchel insists he will send Chelsea out to win the return leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Real Madrid on Wednesday (Chelsea 6/5, draw 23/10, Real Madrid 5/2 – match result).
Tuchel has overseen a huge improvement in performances and consistency since replacing Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January.
The German has led the Blues back into the top four of the Premier League, secure a spot in the FA Cup final, while they are on the verge of reaching the Champions League final.
Chelsea (10/3 Champions League outright) scored a very important away goal in the reverse fixture last week as they played out a 1-1 draw at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid.
A goalless draw would be enough to see Chelsea through to the final but Tuchel isn’t leaving anything to chance and insists he will send his troops out to beat Real (5/1 Champions League outright) in west London.
“For me the challenge is to forget the result in two-legged games and go on and start new at 0-0,” Tuchel said.
“We will clear prepare to win the match, nothing else. I don’t know any other way to prepare other than to encourage my team to go out and try to win it.
“If we are at our best then it’s a non-brainer that we go for the win. We want to win games, this club is about winning.
“This game and competition is about winning. We are in the semi-final second leg.”
Tuchel, who led Paris Saint-Germain to the final last season, has confirmed that Mateo Kovacic won’t be in the squad after failing to recover from a hamstring issue but Antonio Rudiger is available.
He added: “Mateo will not be in the squad, Toni will play with a mask, because he trained with a mask.
“Everybody else is in training today. Everybody is available except for Mateo Kovacic.”