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Chelsea need a ‘fantastic script’ to turn Real Madrid tie around, says Thomas Tuchel

By Squawka News

Published: 12:15, 11 April 2022

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits his side needs a ‘fantastic script’ to overturn their Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid.

A hat-trick from Karim Benzema saw Real claim a 3-1 first-leg victory at Stamford Bridge last week to leave last season’s winners Chelsea on the brink of elimination, with bookmakers offering a best price of 8/1 for Tuchel’s side to progress to the semi-finals.

“We need nothing more than a fantastic script if we want to overcome this,” said Tuchel in Monday’s press conference.

“The task and challenge is incredibly high, given who we play against. We are always allowed to dream, sometimes it’s important to imagine things and dream about it but it will not shift the focus that we need to deliver and be ready.

“We will support our team and try hard, it’s worth trying hard in sports and the future of the game everything is possible. Hopefully we can fulfil our dream.”

Tuchel knows his side must learn from their mistakes in the first leg to stand any chance of turning the tie around.

“We need absolutely to learn from last week’s game. This is the beauty of the competition at this stage that you have two matches at short notice so you can learn from the first to the second leg.”

“We wanted to be more physical [in the first leg], we didn’t work hard enough.”

“We faced a huge disadvantage versus Real Madrid in terms of our physicality. We need the physicality. We could not implement that enough in the last match.”

Chelsea responded to that defeat with the 6-0 thrashing of Southampton at the weekend to provide a much-need injection of morale, but we’re still predicting Real to win the second leg on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid vs Chelsea prediction

Karim Benzema to score and Real Madrid to win @3.54/1 with Betfair.

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