Thomas Tuchel admits he wants Real Madrid over Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final after sealing Chelsea victory over Porto: ‘I don’t like to play against teams from the same league’
- Thomas Tuchel has led Chelsea to the semi-finals of the Champions League
- The German secured a two-legged victory over the Portuguese giants Porto
- Tuchel doesn’t like to play against teams from the same national league in Europe
- Chelsea boss would rather face Real Madrid in the semi-finals above Liverpool
Thomas Tuchel admits he’d rather play it against Real Madrid than Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals after Chelsea hit the last four for the first time since 2014.
Chelsea were defeated by Porto on the night in the home game of their quarter-final in Seville, Mehdi Taremi scored a stunning stoppage time kick for Sergio Conceicao’s side.
But Tuchel’s men had done the hard work in the first leg by winning 2-0 in the away game also played in Seville to make Porto’s late goal irrelevant.
Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea to the Champions League semi-finals in his first season
Chelsea will now face the winners of the match between Liverpool and Madrid, who lead the Spaniards 3-1 in Wednesday’s second leg at Anfield.
Tuchel said: ‘Generally I don’t play against teams from the same league in the Champions League, because it feels more like a European competition, but that’s the only thing. The game is far from over, but I will definitely be checking it out.
‘Everything is possible. Liverpool is very strong at home so we take what we get. It’s a good situation for us. ‘
The German says he would prefer his Chelsea side not to play against Liverpool in the last four games
Tuchel said of Chelsea’s progress: “The semi-final is a great achievement. It is a big step to be in the semi-finals.
“We’re not used to being there, but once you get there, you play for the final.”
Although Tuchel admitted the game was not a spectacle, Chelsea produced a professional appearance to keep Porto at bay until it was too late for them to make a comeback that brought the game to extra time.
Liverpool are currently 3-1 behind the Spanish giants after the first leg in Madrid
Tuchel said, “It’s also part of the performance of not making your opponent perform.
Today was the day to hold on and show all the commitment, all the intensity, all the team spirit that is needed if you have no experience, if you have a young team, now is the time to be together.
‘We talked about what to do when you are nervous and that is use your body, work hard and make yourself sweat. This is what we have done. ‘