Mon 03 May 2021 | 9:32

Chelsea manager Tuchel plans to challenge Sergio Ramos

Chelsea will host Real Madrid on Wednesday in the Champions League final.

Blues boss

Thomas Tuchel

is planning to frustrate

Real Madrid


Sergio Ramos

in the Champions League semi-final’s second leg by offering him no one to “fight” with.

The Spain international will be back for Wednesday’s clash, with the


manager thinking about the best way to approach the challenge after following a system that incorporates a false nine recently.

Tuchel told Chelsea's official website, with Kai Havertz often being the one to lead the line of late:

"If we play with no striker at all and Ramos has nothing to fight then that can also be a solution. I have not made my mind up yet.

"It’s another challenge because he is the leader of their group and he is the guy to give a lot of solutions to any questions that we will hopefully ask them. We will wait and see who is in good shape and good form, what shape we play and where we try to hurt them. 

"I’m not too sure if they will play again with five or go back to four [in defence] so there are many questions but we don’t need the answers now. It’s enough if we have them on Wednesday."

Whereas Real are considering Ramos in their defence, Chelsea are keen on seeing

Antonio Rudiger

form their back line. The German sustained a facial injury in Madrid, but he will return to action on Wednesday.

Tuchel added:

"For Toni, I think he will play with a mask. He trained on Saturday with a mask so it’s just about him getting used to it.

"It will be a very tight race for Kovacic. He had a little setback and felt something in not the same area but the same muscle as before. It’s very likely that he will not make it unfortunately.

"We have two training sessions now to prepare for Real Madrid so it will be exciting. I’m very happy with this group in the semi-final. We feel ready for a big fight and I’m pretty sure that we need a big performance because Real Madrid will give us a hard time."

source: SportMob

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