N'Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Timo Werner and Chelsea stars tune up for Champions League showdown with Real Madrid - in pictures

A place in the final against Manchester City is up for grabs

Thomas Tuchel says it is not the right time to focus on extending his contract at Chelsea as he prepares his team to face Real Madrid with a place in the Champions League final at stake.

Real's Karim Benzema cancelled out a Christian Pulisic away goal in the first leg in Spain last week, leaving the tie delicately poised at 1-1 ahead of Wednesday's game.

The German manager has had a flying start to his career at Stamford Bridge, losing just twice since he replaced Frank Lampard in January.

Chelsea, who won the Champions League in 2012, are also on course to finish in the top four of the Premier League and are through to the FA Cup final.

Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel oversaw N'Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Timo Werner and the other Chelsea stars ahead of the second leg against Real, where a victory would set up an all-English final against Manchester City on May 29.

He was then asked at his pre-match press conference whether discussions had taken place over a new long-term contract at Chelsea.

"No, nothing on that. It is not the right time. There is no time for this right now," he said.

The Chelsea boss has vowed his team will set out to win the second leg of their last-four tie even though they have a priceless away goal.

"If we are at our best, it's a no-brainer we go for a win," he said. "We want to win games. This club is about winning, this game is about winning, this competition is about winning.

"So forget the first result, it's not as important as people out there think. There is zero importance for preparation for the next match. It changes nothing how we start the match tomorrow, what we do in training, and zero influence in the talk we give to our players."

Published: May 5, 2021 02:37 PM


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