Tuchel on Chelsea’s mindset vs Real Madrid, his team line-up and how the Blues will prepare

‘In a season of almost 60 matches, and sleeping so much away from home and being so much in hotels, we try to reduce the time in hotels,’ added the boss.

‘Anything can have an influence though. Now we had three days in between games, so we had a lot of time to do recovery and take our time at Cobham to use the physios and masseurs.

‘If you only have two days in between games we prefer sometimes to go to a hotel so players can take their time in the evening to get massages and treatment.

‘When there are evening games, I had the feeling it will only increase the tension if we go to the hotel today. So let them go home, be a bit distracted, and we meet tomorrow for a walk, lunch and a meeting, and we will still have seven hours to prepare.’

One Blues side who have already reached this season’s European showpiece are Chelsea Women, following a fantastic victory over Bayern Munich on Sunday.

‘We followed it on TV and it’s a big achievement,’ smiled Tuchel.

‘We are very happy because in the end it’s one club and it’s a big thing to arrive in the final, for the first time for Chelsea Women. Hopefully they can finish the job. Big, big congratulations from us.’

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