Tuchel insists Chelsea want to prove themselves against Real Madrid


THOMAS Tuchel says Chelsea are looking to prove themselves in their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid as the Blues look to bounce back after a shock 4-1 loss to Brentford in the Premier League.

The Champions League winners last weekend lost for the first time since Roman Abramovich announced he would sell the London club last month.

Now, the Blues will face the La Liga leaders for the second year in a row after last year they won 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals before beating Manchester City in the final.

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Tuchel said Real Madrid were not a great power like when they won the Champions League title three times in a row between 2016 and 2018. However, the German coach called El Real a team full of experience.

“I think it’s normal for changes to happen and it happens to them,” Tuchel said at a press conference on Wednesday (5/4).

“Even so, we have to be wary of teams full of experience like them. They are experienced enough to provide a brilliant experience in an important match like this.”

“For us, facing Real Madrid in the quarter-finals is a special opportunity. Therefore, we are determined to prove ourselves against such a special opponent,” he continued. (AFP/OL-1)