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Thomas Tuchel: What I expect against Real Madrid and who I will put in the Starting XI

Although he admits there are big contrasts between our most recent game, the hefty win at Southampton, and the challenge of overcoming our Champions League deficit in the Bernabeu, club legend Pat Nevin saw indications of current Chelsea thinking in the performance on Saturday.

He explains those here as well as what is vital for today’s game in Spain…

I think I still enjoy the ups and downs that football throws at us, but with Chelsea it always seems to be a white-knuckle rollercoaster ride rather than a gentle little road trip over the hills wearing leather driving gloves.

Brentford and Real Madrid at home followed by a trouncing of Southampton on the road gives us just about no clue as to what is going to happen next.

Tonight could be one of the great comebacks in history but it could also see our defence of the Champions League trophy peter out quietly.

Each outcome is just as likely as the other, but just in case there will be a temptation from every Chelsea fan to underline to anyone listening that as it stands, we still know who and what we are!

I expect a spirited performance whatever happens and I do not expect any fear from the 11 who start in blue.

Two goals in deficit away from home against a well-fancied side should oddly have the effect of relaxing the team

In the simplest terms, what have we got to lose? We might as well go out there and have a go, and judging by the game down at St Mary’s, that seems to be precisely the mindset at the moment.

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