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UEFA Champions League is anyone’s competition: Thomas Tuchel bullish about youthful Chelsea Champions League prospects

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Chelsea head coach said the Champions League is”anyone’s competition” to win after his side reached the semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Porto.

Porto won the second league 1-0 on Tuesday but it was not enough to overturn Chelsea’s 2-0 first league victory.

Chelsea will play either Liverpool or Real Madrid in the semi-final, while Paris Saint Germain will meet either Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund.

As Chelsea prepare for their eighth Champions League semi-final the most of any English Club. Thomas Tuchel told reporters:

“We are in the competition and in the semi-final, it is anyone’s competition.”In the semi-final, you need players’ fit, momentum, luck in the games.

The German added: “It is a very big achievement. You see when Chelsea was last in the semi-final .”We are not used to being there.

Once you are there, you play for the final. This is clear” Chelsea will be appearing in their first Champions League semi-final since 2013-2014 with a younger brigade of players compared to their upcoming opponents.

“When you look on the scoresheet last week, you saw two players Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell who scored their first goals in the competition,” Thomas Tuchel said”.

When you look at Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Karim Benzema, or Mohamed Salah’s score, it is their 50th or 100th goal or something. We arrived with a very young team.”We want a young team to turn it around. What a young team can do is run, fight and hang in there. It is an adventure for them. It is a big step to be here”.

 

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