3 reasons why Real Madrid should be worried about facing Chelsea in the Champions League

Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel
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Thomas Tuchel has the formula

I tend to focus on the players, because they are the ones who go out there and actually tell the story of the match. They are the ones performing. But it would be ignorant for me to gloss over the impact a manager has, especially when you look at how quickly Thomas Tuchel transformed Chelsea from an underperforming, disorganized side into one that exceeded its potential and won the Champions League in less than a full season of work from the German manager.

Tuchel has the full backing of the Chelsea front office in ways that he never did at Borussia Dortmund (more focused on generating revenue via player sales) and PSG (more focused on massaging their goes whilst being run by football’s worst sporting director, Leonardo).

In London, Tuchel has shown the world why he is right up there with the Pep Guardiolas and Jurgen Klopps (his old mentor!) of the world as an elite manager. And Real Madrid, of all teams, should respect Tuchel for the simple fact that the ex-Mainz manager has never, ever lost to the Merengue club.

Tuchel’s record is very impressive. Not only has he been undefeated against the most storied Champions League club of all time in six appearances, but he has also won 32 of his 50 matches managed in this competition.

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Real Madrid have their own Champions League legend at the helm in Carlo Ancelotti, but Tuchel is writing a legacy of his own and has direct head-to-head success. Tuchel will have plans cooked to target Real’s very real weaknesses, while covering for his own team’s misgivings. His attention to detail, tactical nous, knowledge of opposition players, and ability to flexibly navigate his own squad will make him a tough manager to face once again. Real Madrid must treat two legs against Tuchel with the utmost caution.