Champions League: “We don’t talk about the myth”, slips Tuchel about Real Madrid

Champions League: “We don’t talk about the myth”, slips Tuchel about Real Madrid
Champions League: “We don’t talk about the myth”, slips Tuchel about Real Madrid

We don’t talk about the myth, we don’t make the task even more difficult than it is. It’s one of the most complicated stages to win, but it’s not impossible“, underlined Thomas Tuchel, the coach of Bayern Munich, at a press conference, on the eve of his team’s trip to Madrid for the semi-final second leg of the Champions League.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, the two biggest clubs in European football (20 crowns between them), separated with a score of parity (2-2) in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League last week at the Allianz Arena. The winner of the return to Madrid on Wednesday (9:00 p.m.) will qualify for the final on June 1 at Wembley.

We had a good first leg, we were a little better but unfortunately we didn’t win. With home advantage, it might be 51/49 for Real Madrid“, estimated Tuchel, forced by his management to leave his post at the end of the season, after a negative series in mid-February. “We don’t play a semi-final to benefit from a semi-final, but to go to the final. We play tomorrow for Wembley and for nothing else“, he explained.

We are also a big club in Europe.”

Tuchel spoke about the Real Madrid myth by recalling his personal memories of his childhood, when he would leaf through the books about the European Cup or when he could stay up a little longer on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening and there had a great chance to see Real. “It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, we are also a big club in Europe, with tradition and domination. That’s why it’s a great semi-final. It’s a gift and also an obligation to give everything tomorrow“, insisted the Bavarian technician.

Facing Real on Wednesday, he expects a match in waves and phases. “We will definitely need these phases with the controlof the ball to recover, also to hurt the opponent, to play in the opposing half. We also have to guard against Real Madrid’s super-fast counter-attacking game.” Despite these tactical precautions, it will be impossible for Tuchel to “play tactics with the result. The winner goes to Wembley and we want to be the winner“.

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