CHELSEA boss TUCHEL: "We must thank our can-do attitude"
Commenting upon Chelsea defeating Real Madrid, with the aid of Timo Werner's and Mount Mason's goals, and hitting Champions League final match, to be played against no less than national rivals Manchester City, Blues boss, Thomas Tuchel, stated:
"Any chance that you don’t take and you miss, you know you play on the edge, because Real Madrid can hurt you any second out of absolutely nothing, by pure individual quality. So to hang in there, to continue with positive body language, to hang in there physically and with the mental attitude like today, to stay active, to never stop trying to play for the second goal, never allowing Real Madrid to push us deep and create chances, this is really huge. So I am absolutely delighted with this spirit and big credit and big congratulations to the team.
I got sucked in, but I never saw a change in body language, we stayed positive and brave. Again, we managed to have a clean sheet and again it was well-deserved with a strong goalkeeper and guys who were really committed to defend and we wanted it badly, and that is the key. It was another energetic performance, full of can-do attitude, full of hunger, and what spirit we showed in moments when we needed to suffer in the first half, and what a reaction in the second half. The heads were never down, the heads were always up even after the big chances we missed. We always stayed positive and we never regretted some things, so it was fantastic
This doesn’t give us the upper hand but it gives us a good feeling, it gives us self-confidence. We wanted to close the gap to Manchester City and in this one match in the semi-final we did in a very impressive performance, and we will need exactly the same level of performance again. But it gave us belief. We will be there, in Istanbul, full of self-confidence and a positive energy, and hopefully with no injured players. We'll be there with a clear focus to win".