Unlike Bayern Munich, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side progressed to the Champions League semi-finals by beating FC Porto 2-1 on aggregate. They will go on to face Real Madrid in the semifinals, who knocked out Liverpool, the 2019 winners of the competition.
It could be easily argued that Chelsea perhaps had the easiest of the remaining opponents in the quarter-finals, but how well they’ve been doing under Thomas Tuchel, for the most part, shouldn’t be understated. It was Hansi Flick who had tipped Tuchel’s side for success and pegged them to advance in the Champions League.
Back in February, Flick had given his assessment of Chelsea under Tuchel and lauded how well the German manager has been doing at Stamford Bridge (Football London). “Chelsea have massive potential in terms of quality and quantity. It’s a young team with a lot of talent. They can go far in the Champions League this season. Thomas has gained experience at PSG that will benefit him at Chelsea. He is ready for this challenge,” he conceded.
Flick’s prediction was spot on. Since Tuchel has taken the helm to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea, they’ve won eight Premier League matches, drawn four, and have only lost once. Additionally, they’ve advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, which they will take on Manchester City in this weekend as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League. They look to be a completely revitalized side under Tuchel and players like Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech are enjoying resurgences of form. The recent 5-2 loss to West Bromwich Albion was perhaps the only blip on what’s been an impressive start to life in the Premier League for Tuchel, but on that occasion, they weren’t aided by Thiago Silva being sent off after receiving two yellow cards early on.
Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League will arguably be Tuchel’s toughest test since becoming Chelsea manager, but if how they performed against Atletico Madrid is any barometer of how they’ll fare, they certainly have a decent chance of progressing.