It will be a massive showdown between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC in the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, Madrid. It is going to be not just Real Madrid vs Chelsea, but also Zinedine Zidane vs Thomas Tuchel.
Although the Frenchman is arguably the most successful manager in the competition despite only starting his managerial career, his German opponent doesn’t seem like a pushover at the moment.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to upset their host in Tuesday’s clash at Madrid. Hence, let’s take a lot at the words from the manager’s mouth.
Zinedine Zidane vs Thomas Tuchel Quotes
Zinedine Zidane (via Real Madrid): “The Champions League is special and we’re going to approach it how a Champions League semi-final should be approached. We’ve prepared well and will be looking to put in a good performance and compete.”
“I don’t think Chelsea will sit back. They’re a complete team, they attack and defend well. They’ve done their job in the Champions League and are here on merit, just like us. We have to defend well and create chances when we can to cause Chelsea some problems.”
Thomas Tuchel (via Chelsea FC): “The level is so high when you arrive in the semi-final of the Champions League. We should not expect crazy things from us but the same again on the highest level and we have the experience together, we have tough matches, tight and very important matches recently in Premier League and FA Cup.”
“It is a good moment to play this match and we want to play hungry and adventurous. We maybe lack a bit of experience in a semi-final but we can compensate with hunger and enthusiasm.”
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