Tuchel Opens Up On Facing Zinedine Zidane’s Side Ahead Of Champions League Semi-Final
Chelsea will be taking on Zinedine Zidane’s side in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday. The Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel has paid tribute to Zinedine Zidane’s record of winning the Champions League thrice in a row, something he described as ‘impossible to do.’
The German also highlighted Zinedine Zidane’s side experience at this level, explaining that Chelsea will need to play with confidence and belief.
“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,” Thomas Tuchel told reporters.
“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.
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“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.”
The Blues play the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, April 27 at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, Spain. Thomas Tuchel’s side will be hoping to get an advantage heading into the second leg at home.