THOMAS TUCHEL has dared his Chelsea players to dream of a major Champions League upset.
Their European title is on the line as they trail 3-1 heading into the quarter final second leg in Spain.
Boss Tuchel admits he faces an “almost impossible” battle to survive in the competition against the 13-time winners.
But he said: “You’re always allowed to dream and it is sometimes important to imagine things and to dream about it.
“We will arrive and try everything because it’s worth trying and from there we see. Hopefully we have a match where belief grows by our actions and hopefully we can fulfil our dream and live up to our dream.
“What chance do we have?
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“Not the biggest chance, given the first game’s result and given the competition and the opponent and the stadium we play in.
“It is one of the biggest challenges to perform as the away team at the Bernabeu, and it is even more difficult if you have to earn a certain result, if you need to win with a minimum of two goals, or even a three goal difference.
“Then it makes it almost impossible. But it’s still worth trying and it is still a stage where you can also over perform. You need to over perform.
“It’s not easy, the opposite, but at the same time it’s a big experience, an experience to learn from and maybe an experience to take and over perform.
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“We need to learn from last week’s game. That is the beauty of the competition at this stage, you have two matches in very short notice so you can learn from them games and you can use pictures and moments and situations from the first leg to use for the second leg.
“This is what we try to do and this is what we will use in the preparation for this match.”
The German admits it is s**t or bust in pursuit of Champions League glory this season but says there is only one way he will tolerate going out on Tuesday night.
He said: “By not accepting it and before that by not accepting and by leaving everything on the pitch that we have, and by showing that we can work harder and play better, that we know that we can take more risks and that we show our true face and live up to our full potential.”
Chelsea are boosted by the return of veteran skipper Cesar Azpilicueta who has returned several negative Covid tests and has travelled to his homeland with the squad.
But striker Romelu Lukaku stayed home with continued issues with his achilles tendon.