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Thomas Tuchel predicts Real Madrid will take Sergio Ramos selection gamble vs Chelsea

Sergio Ramos hasn’t played for Real Madrid since March 13 (Picture: Instagram / YouTube)

Thomas Tuchel anticipates that Sergio Ramos will be recalled by Zinedine Zidane and feature in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League side hold a narrow advantage after a 1-1 draw in Spain a week ago, with Christian Pulisic’s away goal tilting the balance slightly in their favour.

Chelsea’s formidable defensive record under Tuchel will be put to the test, but their hopes of penetrating Real’s defence, and putting the tie beyond the Spanish champions, are likely to be rendered even tougher should Ramos return for the first time since March 13.

The 35-year-old suffered a calf injury playing for his country during the most recent international break and has been gradually working his way back to fitness, having missed both legs of the quarter-final win over Liverpool.

Fellow central defenders Ferland Mendy and Raphael Varane are also major doubts, but regardless of their situations, Tuchel expects Ramos to start for the first time in nearly six weeks for his club.

Sergio Ramos’ last appearance came playing for Spain back on March 13 (Picture: Getty)

He said: ‘Does Ramos play or not? This is a tough question because I simply don’t know it. We will see after the training today and when they give the line-up tomorrow.

‘Does it change for Real Madrid? Yes, a lot. It’s the captain, it’s the captain of the most successful team in Europe in the last years, it changes a lot.

‘We cannot lose our heads about this decision. I think he will start we will prepare for that and we have to make sure he cannot do it alone.’

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Despite having been considered as outsiders to win the tournament upon his appointment as Frank Lampard’s successor, meanwhile, Tuchel is adamant Chelsea should not harbour any inferiority complex tomorrow.

He added: ‘The main lesson is that we can trust ourselves and the main lesson is that we have all the right to be in the semi-final.

‘We should be self-confident and have no fear to face this challenge because we deserve to be here and we can perform on this level. This is the main lesson.’


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