Thomas Tuchel sent a warning to Chelsea’s Champions League rivals, claiming that no-one will want to face the Blues in the quarter-finals ahead of the draw on Friday.
It’s a fair assumption when you consider how effortlessly Chelsea swatted aside an Atletico side, who are top of La Liga and sent Liverpool packing out of the competition last season.
Admittedly, Tuchel’s team were in cruise control from minute one and never looked in any danger against Diego Simeone’s team.
Either Chelsea were outrageously brilliant or Atletico were just a bit pony – maybe it was a combination of both?
Still, Liverpool certainly won’t underestimate the threat of Chelsea should they draw the Blues in the last-eight.
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“I am pretty sure that no-one wants to play against us,” Tuchel said in the aftermath of last night’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge, per Sky Sports.
“This will be a super difficult challenge because we are in the last eight which is already a big step.
“No need to be afraid, we take what we get and we will prepare the best way possible.”
Anything to fear?
So, should Liverpool be worried if they were handed a Champions League bout against Chelsea for the first time in 12 years?
Put bluntly, absolutely not. We’d still back Liverpool were Klopp and Tuchel reunited in the competition next month.
Still, of all the remaining teams it’s fair to assume Chelsea would be one of the less favourable opponents.
Under Tuchel, Chelsea look a well-oiled machine who have quickly built up a winning mentality and reluctance to concede goals – both make for a dangerous combination.
Chelsea, after all, have conceded just two goals in the 13 matches Tuchel has overseen since his appointment back in January.
Also, of the remaining teams in Europe, Chelsea are arguably the best set-up to frustrate Liverpool, judging by the dour affair we saw at Anfield earlier this month.
The meticulous tactical mind of Tuchel has totally transformed the aura and mentality of this team, which is why Liverpool fans would preferably avoid the Blues in Friday’s draw.
Any of Porto, Borussia Dortmund or Real Madrid would make for a more favourable tie from Liverpool’s perspective.