Chelsea are raring to go ahead of the biggest game of their season

Chelsea are ready and raring to go ahead of the biggest game of their season against Real Madrid, insists Thomas Tuchel, after impressing in 2-0 win against Fulham

  • The Blues eased past the Cottagers in a West London derby at Stamford Bridge
  • Kai Havertz scored both goals in a comfortable victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side 
  • Chelsea look in fine form before their Champions League semi-final second leg 
  • They will host Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid on Wednesday with the score at 1-1

So on to Real Madrid, the biggest game of Chelsea’s season. In-form, hard to score against never mind beat, options all over the pitch to ponder and a near clean bill of health.

Antonio Rudiger is preparing to play wearing a face mask, leaving Mateo Kovacic as the sole likely absentee after a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury. Other than that, Chelsea are raring to go.

‘We are absolutely in the situation which you want to arrive in for a crucial match like this,’ Tuchel said.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel described his side as raring to go ahead of their European tie

They will host Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday

‘We have nothing to worry about or regret. It will be exciting. We feel ready for a big fight and I’m sure we’ll need a big performance because Madrid will give us a rough time. 

‘I am very happy to arrive with this group in the semi-final.’

It is a group Tuchel has transformed. His ability to get his message across is visible in the well-drilled team Chelsea have become under him. Everyone knows their role, however they set up.

Against Fulham there was more evidence of the understanding of his system which involves Kai Havertz as a false nine. 

The German capped his graceful performance with two goals taken with the sort of composure required in Champions League semi-finals.

It was not Timo Werner’s day in front of goal again but he refuses to hide and set up Havertz’s second. Mason Mount was excellent once again and the provider of Havertz’s first from a deeper role.

Chelsea eased past Fulham 2-0 on Saturday, with Kai Havertz (pictured) scoring a fine double

Tuchel also has the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic to call upon in attack. And that’s before you consider the option, as unlikely as it may seem given recent selections, of a more traditional frontman.

‘There are many questions, but we don’t need the answers now,’ Tuchel said. ‘It is enough if we have them on Wednesday.’

Scott Parker needs some too soon, if he is to somehow keep Fulham up. He said: ‘The challenge is a mammoth one, but it’s one that we can attempt.’ 

Match Facts: Chelsea vs Fulham 

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Mendy 8; Christensen 7, Silva 7, Zouma 6; James 7, Gilmour 7, Mount 8 (Abraham 76min), Chilwell 7 (Alonso 81); Ziyech 7 (Kante 66, 6), Werner 7, Havertz 8.5.

Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta, Anjorin.

Scorer: Havertz 10, 49.

Booked: Zouma.

Manager: Thomas Tuchel 8.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Areola 7; Aina 6, Andersen 6, Adarabioyo 6, Robinson 6; Decordova-Reid 6, Zambo Anguissa 6, Lemina 6.5 (Carvalho 78), Lookman 7; Maja 6.5 (Mitrovic 81), Cavaleiro 6 (Onomah 78).

Subs not used: Rodak, Tete, Hector, Ream, Odoi, Bryan.

Booked: Aina.

Manager: Scott Parker 6.

Referee: Kevin Friend 6. 

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