Tuchel admits Zidane surprised him tactically

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane usually lines his team in a 4-3-3 system, but had reverted to a 3-5-2 ahead of the game against Chelsea.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has now revealed that he expected Zidane to revert to a 4-3-3 system to face Chelsea, but the Madrid boss stuck with a 3-5-2.

Tuchel who had planned for a 3-5-2 system, had to make tactical changes before the start of the game, after seeing the Real Madrid lineup.

Tuchel said after the game: “We knew that they finished the last game and the game against Barcelona in a 5-3-2. We knew that there was the possibility that maybe they would switch their formation to adapt to our formation. In the end I thought that they would stay in their 4-3-3, which they usually play for 90-95 per cent of their matches. So we prepared for a 4-3-3.

“When we saw the line-up we had a quick talk in the dressing room to slightly change the moments against the ball, like who has to do what with the two strikers and the three in the middle. We had to adapt where we could push out, but only defensively. Offensively it didn’t change much.

“We wanted to impose our style and wanted to wait for what happens on the pitch, to see if we found the spaces that we predicted, and it went pretty much like that.

“It’s like this sometimes, you have to adapt, and the team did that very well and I am happy overall with how we tried it. We gave our everything and we got a more-than-deserved 1-1, so we will try again next week.”

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