Thomas Tuchel has issued Cesar Azpilicueta & Romelu Lukaku fitness updates ahead of Chelsea’s crucial Champions League quarter-final 2nd encounter with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
The duo missed Chelsea’s comfortable victory over Southampton this Saturday. The German is doubtful if the duo will be available for selection when they face Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The Blues has a huge mountain to climb when they play Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, as they need to overturn a 2 goals deficit. Real Madrid defeated Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford ridge thanks to Benzema Hattrick, and Chelsea will hope they can produce the same result they pulled at the Saints Mary’s by hammering Southampton 6-0.
What did Tuchel say?
Speaking after the Southampton game, Tuchel admitted he doubted whether the two will available for the Real Madrid match.
“Azpi had a positive Covid test yesterday. So I have no prediction about that. I don’t even know the rules about traveling and what’s going on. First of all, we need a negative test. We can’t do anything about that, just hope and wait.”
“Romelu I don’t know yet. He had pain and could not do the last training session. He wasn’t available for today and the time is running. We leave the country again on Monday, so let’s see.”
Before the Southampton game, Thomas Tuchel made it known to the press that most of his players lack fitness. This is what he said:
“I think it’s not only for Romelu who is lacking at the very moment a bit of shape. After the international break, I had the feeling that we all lacked sharpness and shape. It’s a lack of form individually and it affects the group of course. It’s a bit sad, Romelu had one good chance and one very big chance. Nothing helps more than goals. It would have been a huge boost.
“Another thing is to train good and take training seriously and take care about the process, which he did in the last days. He missed yesterday. Hopefully, he comes back today and feels good with no pain to be available for tomorrow, and then we will see.”