Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said his side would be “allowed to dream” as they try to close a two-goal shortfall against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The Blues lost 3-1 to the Spaniards in the first match of the quarter-finals and on Tuesday went to the Bernabeu for the second match.
Chelsea won the tournament with Tuchel last season.
“Playing away at the Bernabeu is one of the biggest challenges,” said the German.
“It’s even more difficult when you have to get a certain result when you have to win at least two goals or better or maybe three. It makes it almost impossible and very difficult, but it’s worth it. Do it.”.
“All you have to do is get over a fantastic scenario.”
Chelsea Real was eliminated from the Champions League last season after a 1-1 draw in Spain in the semi-finals – in a match played at Alfredo Di Stefano’s stadium – before embarking on a handsome 2-0 win over Stamford. Bridge.
Madrid has won the European tournament 13 times, a record, and no English team has ever won an extra Champions League match at the Bernabeu.
“The task is extremely high and the challenge extremely high given the circumstances of the first leg, where we are playing, whom we are playing against, and in what situation this type of game is played. We play,” said Tuchel.
“Sometimes it’s important to imagine and dream about things, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that we have to deliver and be ready.
“We will go in and try everything because it is worth trying. From there, we hope to see and have a game where faith in the game grows through our actions and we hope to be able to do our part. To take action, to achieve a dream, to make our dreams come true. “
“But realistically we have to invest a lot and be at our very high level.”
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is aiming to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the eighth time in his career, which would be more common for a coach in the tournament alongside Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
“Chelsea will come here to save the game, I have no doubts about that,” said Ancelotti.
“[Tuchel] can say what he wants, but I’m sure Chelsea will come here to win: this is the spirit of football, the spirit of great clubs and great players, never give up.
“I am fortunate to have a group of players who are very familiar with this type of game, that anything can happen. They are in good shape and happy to have the chance to win the Champions League semi-final. Out.
“But Chelsea are very strong competition. We have to have a lot of respect and we will have it.”