Thomas Tuchel who joined Chelsea in January for an 18-month deal will lead Chelsea to play against Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid at the Stamford Bridge later today, May 5, 2021, at 20:00.
Recall that the German tactician led Chelsea to Madrid on April 27 to play the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final round and the club managed to run away with a 1-1 draw. The draw is a big advantage for Chelsea who need a 0-0 draw to knock out the Spanish giants from the competition.
With such a huge encounter on the way for the former Paris Saint Germain coach, issues surrounding his contract with Chelsea wouldn’t be his concern at this point.
During the pre-match press conference ahead of the delicately poised UEFA Champions League match, the media attempted to drag him into the status of his contract with Chelsea, and Thomas Tuchel admitted that talks about his contract extension have not started.
“No. There is no need and no time for this right now”, Tuchel said when asked whether talks about his contract extension has commenced.
Recall that when Thomas Tuchel was appointed the manager of Chelsea in January 2021 after Frank Lampard was sacked, the club announced that the German coach was given an 18-month deal with a possibility of being extended.
Then, it was reported that the performance of the coach would determine whether the contract would be extended. Since he started his reign at the club, Tuchel has turned the fortune of the club around. He took Chelsea from outside the top four, back to it with a couple of league games.
Now, he is about to give Chelsea their third UEFA Champions League final in the club’s history and probably win the prestigious title for the London club for the second time in the club’s history and for the first time in his managerial career.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the only Chelsea player that his injured ahead of the Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid is the club’s midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
The midfielder who was a former player of Real Madrid is currently battling to recover from a hamstring injury he sustained in April.
Tuchel also confirmed that Antonio Rüdiger who has been training with a mask in the past few days would play in the game with a mask.
He said: “Mateo will not be in the squad, Toni will play with a mask because he trained with a mask.
“Everybody else is in training today. Everybody is available except for Mateo Kovacic.”
If Chelsea win or knock out Real Madrid tonight, they will face a fellow Premier League club, Manchester City in the final of the competition on May 29 in Istanbul, Turkey.