CHRIS SUTTON: Timo Werner has pace to return Sergio Ramos ragged in second leg of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid
- Chelsea have kept 17 clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took charge in January
- Another against Real Madrid from LaLiga and they are in a Champions League final
- Chelsea had limited Real to a single shot on goal during the first leg last week
- They also created opportunities and should have scored more than the ones they did
Chelsea have kept 17 clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took the lead in January – the largest number of any club in Europe’s elite leagues. Another Wednesday and they are in a Champions League final.
It is up to Real Madrid to get back into this draw against a team that can keep opponents out. There was so much to the performance of last week’s first stage. The only downside was that the score didn’t match the way they played in Madrid.
Defensively, Chelsea limited Real to a single shot on goal, which Karim Benzema scored opportunistically on a set piece.
Chelsea have kept 17 clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took charge of the club in January
Chelsea had limited Real Madrid to a single shot on goal during the first leg last week
On the other hand, Chelsea created opportunities and should have scored more than through Christian Pulisic.
Timo Werner in particular missed a glorious opportunity from within six meters. All strikers go through good and bad forms.
Werner has proven to be a good team player, but he was not clinical enough for the goal. We know that, and he knows that. But he must now sense the opportunity ahead.
The Blues also created opportunities and should have scored more than the ones they did
While Timo Werner has the pace to run, Sergio Ramos returns in the second leg
It sounds like Sergio Ramos will be returning for Real – in what would be his first start for the club since March 16.
When asked if he would be tempted to play a more conventional striker against Ramos, such as Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud, Tuchel said: ‘If we play without a striker at all and Ramos has nothing to fight, then that could be a solution to be. ‘
Werner would win all foot races against Ramos. He has to go out, help his team to a Champions League final and believe he can win them this match.
It’s been an indifferent season for Werner, but if he led Chelsea to glory in Europe, he would earn legend status.