Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has warned his teammates that their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie with Chelsea will be difficult.
Casemiro warned Carlo Ancelotti’s men not to be complacent when they host Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
Real Madrid had won Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge last week.
Speaking to the media in the Real Madrid City press room on Monday ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea, Casemiro said: “We have to go into it with the idea that it’s going to be a very difficult game.
“We had our best 90 minutes of the season in the first leg but we can’t be complacent, especially given the coach’s words about them. I would like to ask the fans to get behind us because it will be difficult as we are up against the champions and we respect them.
“We have to give our all along with the fans because it will be very, very difficult.”
Champions League: Tuchel reveals Real Madrid’s advantage over Chelsea ahead of second leg
Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said Real Madrid have a physical edge over his men.
The Blues have played 22 matches already in 2022, while their LaLiga rivals have played 20.
Also, LaLiga allows five substitutions per game, but the Premier League only approved the rule for next season and currently allow three.
“First of all, we wanted it more physical but we need not work hard or intense enough in the first match.
“Second of all, we face a huge disadvantage in terms of physicality because Real Madrid has a whole year with five changes and we play the most demanding league, we play the most matches throughout the season and throughout 2022 so it is not always easy to play a physical game.
“We are a team that needs the physicality, the sharpness, the commitment and the investment to be a special team,” Tuchel said.
Chelsea travel to the Bernabeu with a 3-1 deficit to overturn, if they must make it to the Champions League semi-final.