Chelsea are poised and eager to advance the biggest game of their season against Real Madrid, Thomas Tuchel insists, after impressing in a 2-0 win against Fulham.
- The Blues flew past the Cottagers in a West London derby at Stamford Bridge
- Kai Havertz scored both goals in a comfortable victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side
- Chelsea are looking good for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final
- They will host Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid on Wednesday with the score at 1-1
So on to Real Madrid, the biggest game of Chelsea’s season. In shape, hard to score against never mind beat, options across the field to think about, and a near clean bill of health.
Antonio Rudiger prepares to play with a face mask, leaving Mateo Kovacic the only likely absentee after a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury. Other than that, Chelsea is eager to go.
“We are definitely in the situation where you want to arrive for a crucial game like this,” said Tuchel.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel described his side as willing to stay ahead of their European draw
They will receive Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday
Timo Werner’s good record for Chelsea (above)
‘We don’t have to worry or regret anything. It’s getting exciting. We feel ready for a big fight and I’m sure we need a big performance because Madrid will give us a hard time.
“I am very happy to be in the semi-finals with this group.”
It is a group that transformed Tuchel. His ability to deliver his message is evident in the well-drilled team that Chelsea has come under him. Everyone knows their role, no matter how they acted.
Against Fulham, there was more evidence of understanding of his system where Kai Havertz was a false nine.
The German concluded his graceful performance with two goals scored with the kind of composure needed in the Champions League semi-finals.
It wasn’t Timo Werner’s day in front of goal again, but he refuses to hide and puts on Havertz ‘second. Mason Mount was again excellent and the supplier of Havertz’s first from a deeper role.
Chelsea went 2-0 past Fulham on Saturday, with Kai Havertz (photo) scoring a fine double
Tuchel also has Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic to attack. And that’s before you consider the option, as unlikely as it may seem given the recent selections, from a more traditional frontman.
“There are many questions, but we don’t need the answers right now,” said Tuchel. “Enough if we have them on Wednesday.”
Scott Parker needs one too soon to somehow keep Fulham afloat. He said, “The challenge is huge, but it is one we can try.”
Match Facts: Chelsea vs Fulham
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Mendy 8; Christensen 7, Silva 7, Zouma 6; James 7, Gilmour 7, Mount 8 (Abraham 76min), Chilwell 7 (Alonso 81); Ziyech 7 (Kante 66, 6), Werner 7, Havertz 8.5.
Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta, Anjorin.
Scorer: Havertz 10.49.
Manager: Thomas Tuchel 8.
FULHAM (4-4-2): Areola 7; Aina 6, Andersen 6, Adarabioyo 6, Robinson 6; Decordova-Reid 6, Zambo Anguissa 6, Lemina 6.5 (Carvalho 78), Lookman 7; Maja 6.5 (Mitrovic 81), Cavaleiro 6 (Onomah 78).
Subs not used: Rodak, Tete, Hector, Ream, Odoi, Bryan.
Manager: Scott Parker 6.
Referee: Kevin Friend 6.