Luckily against Atletico Madrid in a neutral place, Tuchel: It’s not Chelsea’s decision – Chelsea will benefit slightly from the duel against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League later. The first leg that was supposed to be played at the Wanda Metropolitano has been moved to neutral ground.
Luckily against Atletico Madrid in a neutral place, Tuchel: It’s not Chelsea’s decision
thavan – UEFA decided that this first leg match would be shifted to the Arena Nationala stadium, Bucharest, Romania. This is due to the travel restrictions imposed by the UK and Spain due to the coronavirus.
Atletico are not the only team that has had to change stadiums, there are many other teams with similar cases. However, this duel was more highlighted because it brought together two tough teams.
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Tuchel knows Atletico have the right to feel wronged, but he also insisted that shifting venues was not Chelsea’s decision either. The Blues only followed instructions, not intentionally asking Atletico to suffer a loss.
“I can understand the feeling. Obviously, they don’t have a home advantage, so I really understand that feeling,” Tuchel told Goal.
“However, am I interfering in this matter? No. Is this our decision? No.”
“So, from now on, there is no need to think about this anymore,” he added.
More than that, Tuchel believes Atletico will still be a dangerous opponent. Diego Simeone’s men are still the most formidable team in Europe, shifting the stadium won’t have much effect.
“I have no doubt that they will be ready to face us. They will be 100 per cent ready to fight in Bucharest against us,” continued Tuchel.
“I can understand their feelings, but they will be ready to compete, and it is our job to also be ready to compete against their opponents in the next 10 or 12 days,” he concluded.