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.
Mason Mount trains
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