Tuchel hopes that the Chelsea vs Real Madrid match can be attended by supporters

UEFA finalized the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Friday (18/3). Defending champions Chelsea will meet 13-time title holders Real Madrid.

The Blues coach, Thomas Tuchel, hopes that the support of the fans can be the difference against Real Madrid in the first leg which will be held at Stamford Bridge. The London club is still subject to sanctions from selling match tickets.

“It would be a loss to play without the fans because every game we play for the fans. Matches can change a lot with the support of the fans and we hope to find a solution. Everyone in club management is fighting for that,” said Tuchel.

Last season, the two clashed in the semi-finals and Chelsea were able to overcome Madrid 3-1 on aggregate.

Tuchel assesses the match against Madrid this time will be a tough challenge and will present a fierce battle. He was also grateful that Chelsea did not meet fellow English teams.

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“It’s always nice to play with European teams and not play English teams at this stage because you often meet in domestic competitions,” he said.

The duel between the English team and the Spanish team will also occur in another match in the quarter-finals. Manchester City will face Atletico Madrid.

Another English team, Liverpool, will meet Portugal’s representative, Benfica. Meanwhile, German giants Bayern Munich will meet with Spanish representatives Villarreal.

The first legs of the quarter-finals will be played on April 5-6 while the second leg will be played on April 12-13. The semi-finals will be held on April 27-28 and May 4-5.

This year’s Champions League final will be held at the Stade de France, France, on May 28 following UEFA’s decision to move him from Saint Petersburg, Russia. (OL-7)