Chelsea won 2-3 against Atletico de Madrid to move to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. In his post match interview, the undefeated manager said :
“The most important is that we feel we deserve this,” said Tuchel. The most important is that we give the feedback for the guys what they did here in terms of quality and intensity. It’s most important you feel it and that no one has to convince you. You need to feel it.
“They play with a special bond and performances and results like this give you a certain edge and glue to achieve special things. You can only achieve this through results and experiences.
I’m pretty sure no one wants to play against us. It’s a super difficult challenge ahead because we are already in the last eight.
“It’s a big step, but no need to be afraid, we take what we get and prepare as best as possible.”
He said about Kante : “If you play with NG you always play with a minimum half a man more; this is unique,” said Tuchel.
“It is a pleasure to be his coach, he is a big gift for me, a guy so, so humble, and who is such a big helper on the pitch. But don’t underestimate his quality in passing, dribbling and escaping the pressure. Mateo Kovacic and him needed to step up today because we missed Jorginho. So they knew we would rely on them, and they delivered.”
“I think you have to congratulate your opponent when they are the better team,” said Simeone. We are not afraid in the slightest of what comes next; we’ve always struggled this season in the Champions League.
“It’s been a tough campaign for us, and of course we weren’t the best team today, Chelsea were. We have to improve. We go again from Friday and push on with the same motivation and dedication and the same enthusiasm as we look to focus on the next game.”
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