Thomas Tuchel says he is aiming to play ‘adventurous’ football as Chelsea prepare for a ‘dream’ Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid.
Chelsea face the Spanish champions in the last four of club football’s biggest tournament, as the west London side bid to reach the Champions League final for the first time since winning the trophy in 2012.
Tuchel’s side travel to Spain for the first leg on Tuesday evening and with a squad lacking the experience of their illustrious opponents, Chelsea facing the record 13-time winners and a side that has a fine recent history on this stage.
Real won the competition four times in just five seasons between 2014 and 2018 and Tuchel says his side are ready for a ‘big challenge’ in what he views as a ‘dream’ Champions League tie.
“Zidane has an incredible record, especially in the Champions League, which he won three times in a row which is pretty much impossible to do,” Tuchel said following his side’s win over West Ham. “We arrived in the semi-final and on the highest level, we will play Real Madrid and it cannot be harder.
“That’s because they are the most experienced team in this competition. They will play these games with full confidence and awareness. They are on a very good run at the moment. Sixteen or so games unbeaten. I am sure we will arrive with confidence and true inner belief.
“We have now crucial matches in the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League after performing and getting good results. I hope we can play adventurous football. We can play aggressive and intense football. We will fight them hard and let’s see who gets the win out of these two games.
“It’s a big challenge and after it, we will be smarter and better. This will be a huge experience together. We are very happy to arrive at this level. This is what you dream of as a little boy, to play international games against Real Madrid, there’s no doubt about it.”