Thomas Tuchel’s side are set to return from a 3-1 defeat on Tuesday night, hoping to defend their Champions League title against Real Madrid.
After disappointing in the first leg on Wednesday, Tuchel got the answer he was looking for over the weekend, with Chelsea scoring six times against the Saints but not responding. Timo Werner and Mason Mount doubled, while Marcos Alonso and Kai Haverz scored.
After the match, Tuchel stressed that the clash will be completely different in the light of the crowd of Los Blancos, who are dreaming of another European crown next month. The Blues’ lead in last season’s Champions League series shut down their rivals, giving Tuchel and his players a completely different test.
Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick in the first leg of last week, scoring 11 goals in just eight Champions League appearances, making him one of Europe’s best players. Kai Haverz’s only goal half an hour ago hit Chelsea’s head hard, giving him six goals in his last seven games and a key to Chelsea’s hopes of recovering from that draw.
Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Monday that Callum Hudson-Dwarf, Ben Chilwell, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku will not be in contention for the title, and there are big options for Chelsea’s biggest game of the season.
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King Kai is ready tonight!
Kai Haverz has responded to Didier Drogba’s comparison of Chelsea star Real Madrid’s plans.
The youngster, who admits he is pleased to compare himself to Chelsea’s legendary Didier Drogba, is preparing for tonight’s great task against Real Madrid. The Blues won 3-1 tonight in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and will play a key role in Havers’ return.
The 22-year-old was on Chelsea’s scoring charts in his first game at Stamford Bridge last week, but was disappointed by the European champions’ attack tonight. Real Madrid had a clinical nature and the Blues hope to change roles this time around.
His talent for scoring goals in last season’s Champions League final against Manchester City has been compared to that of the legendary Drogba. There has been talk of comparing the Chelsea striker to a former C Кte d’Ivoire striker.
He told Chelsea’s official website: “It’s good to be compared to players who have played well before. It’s really nice for fans or people to compare you to a player like that.
“He scored more important goals than I did, so in the next few years I will try to get there to take full advantage of this comparison.”
Haverz is Chelsea’s top scorer this season with 13 goals in all competitions. The classic German is in great form and has proven himself to be one of the best strikers in the Premier League after a mixed game in England.
The former Bayer Leverkusen player will be linked if Chelsea have a chance to close the gap on Madrid tonight. Luckily for Thomas Tuchel, Haverz explained in detail his plans for the concert at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and said that he liked to work as a producer on the biggest stage.
“Obviously I want to show my quality at a moment like this because everyone is watching,” Haverz said. ‘There must have been some important games that I didn’t play well.
“But people seem to remember me playing well and scoring goals. The Club World Cup was a tough game and I didn’t play my best in the first 117 minutes. But people are still there. Remember the winning goal – the penalty.
“At such crucial moments, I just try to be calm, just focus on myself, and enjoy what I’m doing. Otherwise, one day when you’re 35, you might ask yourself, ‘Why can’t I enjoy it?’ Was it better at that moment? ‘
Or [you might think]: “Why didn’t I stop and breathe when I made that penalty,” Wow! Awesome, you’re standing here, people are watching you, just enjoy. ” That’s why I try to enjoy those moments as much as possible. “
Haverz is set to repeat his latest form tonight, so his second campaign in England and Chelsea will end in a similar way to what we saw last year. The 13-time European champions and the two-goal gap are obstacles.
Thomas Tuchel’s six-word message to Real Madrid is Jose Mourinho’s inspiration for Chelsea.
Neglected construction: Thomas Tuchel is hoping to repeat Chelsea’s classic return to the Champions League as Real Madrid face a major setback.
Thomas Tuchel plans to repeat Jose Mourinho’s return to the Champions League.
What is Chelsea’s chance to knock down Real Madrid again on Tuesday night? “It’s not a big opportunity for the results of the first game, the competition, the opponents, the stadium we’re playing in.” During a press conference on Monday, Thomas Tuchel responded harshly.
With a two-goal deficit and the home side’s support advantage gone, chances are high against Chelsea. Eduard Mendy’s double on Karim Benzema’s third and Romelu Lukaku’s error is clear even before the start of the second leg.
However, as Chelsea’s history proves, there could be another historic night in the Champions League with Tuchel.
Just eight years ago, Chelsea lost 3-1 to PSG in the return leg of the quarter-finals. Demba’s loss to the Blues saw the Blues reach the semi-finals for the third time under Jose Mourinho.
The team’s goal lifted Stamford Bridge and became one of the best returns in Europe. However, the home side’s advantage and the away goal rule helped the game and it is no longer active.
A 2-0 win in 2014 would extend Tuesday’s game to extra time and allow for more penalty kicks. When asked if there was room to dream of a Hollywood return, Tuchel’s six-word message seemed clear.
“Dreaming is always allowed.” Tuhel noted. “Sometimes it’s important to imagine and dream about something, but it doesn’t focus on what we need to be ready for tomorrow.”
Callum Hudson-Dwarf and Ben Chilwell are still on the field. Tuchel Romelu Lukaku has confirmed that he will not travel due to Achilles’ disease.
Cesar Azpilicueta Covid’s test was positive and he could miss Southampton, but could travel after a negative result. Ross Barkley’s health is deteriorating and he is not traveling.
The first half of last week was not so bad tactically. Karim Benzema found a lot of joy between Chelsea’s midfield and defense, while Vinicius Junior separated Chelsea’s back three from the left wing against speed.
Unlike last year’s draw, the experienced trio of Tony Kroos, Luka Modric and Kazemiro set the pace. Kazemiro called last week “the best 90 minutes of the season.”
A 6-0 win over Southampton is encouraging, but given the plight of the Saints, that approach may change. Tuchel started 3-4-2-1, but changed to 4-3-3 in the second period.
As I analyze my squad, I have a lot to say about the individual mistakes of the players and the profile needed to speed up Chelsea’s game tomorrow.
Following on Wednesday’s victory, Real Madrid took another step towards the La Liga title, beating Getafeg Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez 2-0.
Carlo Ancelotti followed the usual 4-3-3 last week and you can expect a little change if everything goes well. Once again, Karim Benzema’s ridiculous character and his connection to Vinicius are the key to Real’s hopes that they can avoid a catastrophe like PSG.
For Chelsea, the task is huge, and the suburbs feel like a rope pulled over a hungry shark’s tank. There really is no room for error, and the performance has improved tremendously, but Benzema can just be Benzema and stick to the top corner.
Chelsea missed a lot last week, including Giorgione and N’Golo Cante in the suppressed midfield. Over the weekend, Tuchel returned to Kante and Mateo Kovacic, who have been doing better lately.
Tuchel can’t repeat how Georginio hit the ball slowly when Chelsea’s counter-attacks stopped.
Defensively, Andreas Christensen runs the risk of having a nightmare against Vinicius in the first half. Even though the Dane played on Saturday, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Azpilicueta return to his more natural role.
During the attack, Timo Werner is rumored to start after scoring two goals at St. Mary’s, but you don’t think Ancelotti will be happy with Tuhel’s post-match tactics as he has adapted to Southampton’s attacking style.
Kai Hawertz and Mason Mount are convinced that Hakim Ziech’s handicrafts may be needed for a deeper defense.
Chelsea Predicted 11: (3-4-2-1) Mendy, Aspilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso