Masked Rudiger shoves Jorginho, academy star steps up – What we spotted in Chelsea training

Chelsea are just ninety minutes away from the Champions League final. Victory against Real Madrid tomorrow evening – or a goalless draw – will secure the Blues’ place in Istanbul at the end of this month.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have the slightest of advantages going into tomorrow’s semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge – the first meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw with Christian Pulisic scoring the all-important away goal for Chelsea.

Yet given Real Madrid have lifted the big-eared Champions League trophy four times in the last decade, nothing can be taken for granted. They have the experience and know-how to pull out a result when needed. Nothing can be taken for granted.

“For me, the challenge is to forget the [first leg] result,” Tuchel told reporters at his pre-match press conference. “The challenge is always over two games, you play the first game and then you start at 0-0 again.

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“I don’t know any other way to prepare a match than to encourage my team to go out and try to win it, to be your best.

“If we are at our best then it is a no-brainer that we go for a win, we want to win games. This club is about winning, this game is about winning, this competition is about winning.”

Tuchel will be without Mateo Kovacic for tomorrow night’s game; the Croatian midfielder has not recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained three weeks ago.

But the rest of the first-team group is fit. And this evening they undertook their final training session at Cobham ahead of tomorrow’s game.

Here are the five things we spotted in it.

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