“It’s a tough one,” Thomas Tuchel said on facing Real Madrid in Champions League for the second time in a row.
“A challenge cannot be much higher than playing in the Bernabeu with spectators. There is also big excitement around this fixture.”
He added: “This game is for spectators so hopefully we find a solution,” referring to Chelsea’s current ban on having any away fans for their games.
After a bit of mixup, it has been confirmed that Real Madrid will play the second leg against Chelsea at home.
Los Blancos were eliminated by Chelsea in the semi’s on their way to winning the Champions League last season.
Interesting, Tuchel has faced Real Madrid 6 times in his managerial career and never lost.
The games will take place in April.
Explained: How Leeds getting relegated will help Chelsea’s pursuit of Raphinha
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Leeds United attacker Raphinha, who has been the team’s best player since their promotion to the top division two seasons ago.
As per the reliable Fabrizio Romano, Raphinha’s agent, Deco, has already held talks with Liverpool, Barcelona and Chelsea over a move.
And should Leeds be relegated, there is a clause in the Brazilian international’s contract that can see him leave for £25 million, which would be a bargain for a player of his quality.
As it stands, Leeds are 16th in the table with a four-point cushion above the relegation zone. While it’s unlikely they will go down, two relegation contenders have played fewer games than them so it could go down to the wire.
Raphinha already has nine goals this season alongside three assists.