Thomas Tuchel said Chelsea are confident of defeating Manchester City after they set up a Champions League final with a full 3-1 victory over Real Madrid.
Chelsea, who could end the season with two trophies, are one game out of European glory after goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount saw Madrid leave at Stamford Bridge. They dominated both legs against the Spanish champions and Tuchel feels his side will believe in winning their FA Cup semi-final against City last month when they host riots with Pep Guardiola’s team in Istanbul on May 29. .
“It gives us a good feeling, it gives us confidence,” Tuchel said. “We played that semi-final on the edge and we used it because Bayern Munich, with Manchester City, are the benchmark. We wanted to close the gap to Man City in the semi-final, which we did and we will again need the same level of performance.But it gave us faith for every game after that because it is the highest level you can face.
“We have these big challenges in the Premier League. We came out very strongly that we will arrive in Istanbul with confidence and a positive energy, hopefully with no injured players. We will arrive in Istanbul to win, not to be one of the participants. ”
Chelsea, who face Leicester in the FA Cup final on May 15, have been exceptional since Tuchel’s appointment in January. They have risen to fourth in the Premier League and are playing out a weak Madrid, creating countless chances before Tuchel ensured that the first manager reached the final with two different clubs in subsequent seasons.
The German was in charge of Paris Saint-Germain when they lost to Bayern Munich last year. “It was another energetic performance,” Tuchel said. “What a ghost. We had to suffer in the first half and what a reaction in the second half.
“The heads were never down, even after great opportunities. We always stayed positive and we never regretted that it was fantastic. The task is not done yet. We are now in two finals. ”
Chelsea, who are in the final for the first time since 2012, should have seen Madrid long before Mount’s late goal. “It was a tough game,” Mount said. ‘We should have five. I had to have one 20 minutes before I scored. We want to enter every game to win it. But it’s not over, there’s one game left. It becomes a wonderful game. ”
Tuchel was full of fear when his attackers defeated chances in the second half. “I think maybe I was a few minutes more negative than my players,” he said. “We played on the edge, but the influence of my players on me was enormous. I never saw a change in body language. We remained positive and very brave. We have no regrets.
“It simply came to our notice then. On the sidelines you always worry, because you know you’re playing on the edge with Real Madrid, they can always score a goal, but again we managed to have a clean sheet. It was well deserved with a strong goalkeeper and guys who really put in the effort to defend. We wanted it bad. ”
It was a disappointing night for Madrid. Eden Hazard struggled on his return to Stamford Bridge and Zinedine Zidane, who avoided questions about his future, had no complaints about the defeat of his side.
“We tried and Chelsea were the better side today,” said the Madrid manager. “I have to congratulate my players for what we have done in the Champions League this season, because it has not been easy.”