It’s not about tactics — Tuchel reveals how he can beat Real Madrid

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may be unsure of how Real Madrid wants to play tonight, and he’s also unsure about the players Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will start.

However, the Blues boss has revealed that he’d focus on his team, and he believes that the team’s intensity, belief, bravery and execution will be key to beating the Spanish giants.

“I’m not sure if Real Madrid will play again in a 5-3-2 or if they will switch to their more familiar 4-3-3,” admitted Tuchel.

“It depends maybe on the last [fitness] test for Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos. From this decision, things change. Any formation has its strengths and its weaknesses. As I’m not sure what formation they will use, we will fully focus on us and our performance.

“It’s always a little tactical, but for me in these big games, it’s about the little decisions, the individual tactical behaviour, the tactical behaviour within groups and combinations.

“Can we maybe isolate Real Madrid in a two against two, a two against one? And how do we solve these situations? And can we avoid being isolated in these little situations?

“In the end, in a semi-final in the Champions League, it’s not about formation or what we play. It’s about how we play, the intensity we have, the belief we have, are we brave enough and do we play on our top level within the formation.”

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