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Chelsea: Christian Pulisic insists Blues are relishing clash against Real Madrid

‘Maybe it was the kick we wanted’: Christian Pulisic insists Chelsea are relishing Champions League clash with Real Madrid as they bid to reply to Brentford loss – as he says ‘we’re nonetheless going to be assured’

  • Christian Pulisic says Chelsea’s loss by Brentford could give them an important ‘kick’ 
  • The Blues face Real Madrid subsequent up within the Champions League quarter-finals 
  • But Pulisic, regardless of their current setback, says they are relishing the showdown 
  • Manager Thomas Tuchel is now concentrating on the proper response from his gamers 

After the embarrassment of their resounding loss by Brentford on Saturday, you’d think about the go to of Real Madrid is the very last thing Chelsea want proper now.

On the opposite, in accordance with Christian Pulisic.

‘I believe the sport on the weekend was clearly a tricky one however perhaps it was the kick we wanted to get us prepared for some actually massive video games arising,’ stated the USA worldwide.

Christian Pulisic says Chelsea's surprise loss by Brentford may give them 'the kick we needed'

Christian Pulisic says Chelsea’s shock loss by Brentford could give them ‘the kick we wanted’

The Blues lost 4-1 to Brentford at Stamford Bridge at the weekend in a surprising setback

The Blues lost 4-1 to Brentford at Stamford Bridge on the weekend in a stunning setback

‘I believe the blokes are undoubtedly going to show it round and we’re nonetheless going to be assured, as we should always, going right into a recreation like this.

‘We simply need to get on the market as quickly as doable and attempt to win a giant recreation.’

There’s logic in Pulisic’s assertions. Firstly, Chelsea – underneath Thomas Tuchel – have confirmed themselves a match for any crew on the continent. They are the reigning European champions in spite of everything.

Pulisic insists his team-mates will be 'confident' ahead of their crunch clash with Real Madrid

Pulisic insists his team-mates will likely be ‘assured’ forward of their crunch clash with Real Madrid

Secondly, their 3-1 mixture victory over Real in final year’s Champions League ought to present Chelsea’s gamers with sufficient encouragement that they will get rid of arguably essentially the most prestigious membership in European soccer for a second successive season.

Not that head coach Tuchel believes for a second that his crew have gotten Real’s quantity.

‘Last season has nothing to do with this recreation,’ stated the German.

‘We did not have a look at it in our preparations. We checked out their final matches however not final year. There’s not some extent to show or no matter.

Manager Thomas Tuchel waved away claims that Chelsea may already have Madrid's number

Manager Thomas Tuchel waved away claims that Chelsea could have already got Madrid’s quantity

‘We are out to bounce again from Saturday and to play in the suitable method, the way in which we need to. To be bodily, intense and focussed.

‘It feels terribly onerous on a regular basis (to win the Champions League) however that is what we love, the competitors. There’s no different method apart from step-by-step. It’s difficult and demanding in the intervening time for us. But it is what we love. We can cope with it.’

‘In phrases of expertise we must be very conscious that groups like this (Real) with this high quality can produce particular nights on particular events.

‘It’s additionally fairly particular for us to play Real Madrid in a quarter-final. That’s why we really feel excited and we can’t lose an excessive amount of sleep to consider the place they are in Europe.

Tuchel says he is targeting the perfect response from his players after their recent humiliation

Tuchel says he’s concentrating on the proper response from his gamers after their current humiliation

‘We need to show some extent to ourselves once more. It’s a particular opponent and a special day.

‘We must be at our best. We overcame Real final season but it surely has nothing to do with this recreation. It’s a brand new coach and a brand new crew.’

That new coach is all too acquainted to Chelsea, in fact. Carlo Ancelotti spent two profitable seasons at Stamford Bridge earlier than succumbing to Roman Abramovich’s axe.

Carlo Ancelotti may not be in the dugout for Madrid after testing positive for Covid-19

Carlo Ancelotti will not be within the dugout for Madrid after testing constructive for Covid-19

But there’s main doubt over whether or not the Italian will likely be in dugout after testing constructive for Covid.

Ancelotti hopes to supply a unfavourable take a look at to allow him to journey to London – and Tuchel, who missed a part of Chelsea’s Club World Cup triumph for a similar motive – added: ‘It does have an effect on the squad however these days you are accountable for digital media so I’m fairly positive he can do crew talks and stuff.

‘But it is at all times significantly better to be there as a direct affect. What coaches love most is to be in the course of the group and continually speaking with phrases, a smile and a hug.

Ken Griffin (pictured) is travelling to London with the Ricketts to meet Chelsea executives

Ken Griffin (pictured) is travelling to London with the Ricketts to satisfy Chelsea executives

‘Strange when it is lacking. Hope he nonetheless makes it. Told he might be right here tomorrow night. He’s a giant character and can be good to have him on sidelines in these video games.’

Meanwhile, US hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin is travelling to London with Tom Ricketts and Laura Ricketts to satisfy with Chelsea executives forward of Monday’s deadline for the membership’s shortlisted events to make improved gives.

Griffin, who’s value £21billion and helps to fund the Ricketts Family’s makes an attempt to purchase Chelsea, is to carry talks with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and administrators Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenebaum within the coming days.

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