It’s been a huge and season-defining week for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. They started the week by comprehensively beating Crystal Palace in the Premier League to put them right among the top 4 race.
Then they put up a professional display in midweek against Porto in the Champions League despite losing the game. They got two crucial away goals in the first leg and lost their home leg 1-0. As a result, they qualified for their first semi-final in the Champions League since 2014. This is also Thomas Tuchel’s consecutive semi-final appearance in the Champions League, after guiding Paris Saint-Germain to the final last season.
They face Real Madrid in the semis, a team who has won the competition more than any other club. The Los Blancos beat Liverpool 3-1 on aggregate to qualify for the semis.
The Blues also have a vital FA Cup semi-final to play against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday. It’s a huge chance for them to win their first silverware under Thomas Tuchel and stop Manchester City from winning the quadruple.
Zidane on Chelsea encounter:
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid overcame a very lacklustre Liverpool side in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. After comprehensively beating the English champions at home 3-1 last week, they put up a very defensive sound display at Anfield to confirm their place in the semis.
Chelsea awaits for Zidane’s men in the next round. It will be the first time since 1998 Super Cup that the two sides have met. The Blues won that game 1-0 thanks to a Gus Poyet late winner. The first leg will be played in Madrid, while Chelsea host Real a week later.
Speaking after the second-leg against Liverpool, Zidane said that he is expecting a very tricky tie against Chelsea, when asked about the Chelsea game. He said:
“Let’s enjoy a little and take a little rest. We have a lot of league games before Chelsea, but it’s going to be a very difficult game.”
Tuchel to hold talks regarding Chelsea forward:
Moving away from the Champions League, Tuchel has already starting to prepare for his first summer transfer window as Chelsea boss. And according to the Daily Express, the German will sit down with Chelsea chiefs Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech to discuss the future of striker Timo Werner at the club.
The German international scored 28 goals and provided 8 assists in 24 Bundesliga starts for RB Leipzig last season. This prompted Chelsea to shell out £48 million on the forward last summer. But it is fair to say, Werner has struggled massively in his first season in London.
Despite being Chelsea’s top goal-scorer this season, he has a WhoScored rating of just 6.80. The 25-year has been guilty of missing some clear-cut chances. And Tuchel is ready to sit down and discuss the future of his German compatriot at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will again spend big this summer as they did in the last one. The report also suggests that Blues’ boss is a huge admirer of Sergio Aguero and Erling Haaland. But it remains to be seen whether Tuchel will stick with Werner next season or go big for another striker.