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Liverpool or Real? Thomas Tuchel reveals preference for Champions League semi-finals


Tuchel had his say on Chelsea’s next opponents (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel admitted he prefers not to face teams from the same league as his sides in Europe, with Chelsea awaiting their Champions League semi-finals opponent.

Tuchel has guided the Blues to semi-finals of Europe’s premier competition for the first time in seven years after a 2-1 aggregate win against Porto.

While they suffered defeat on Tuesday night – after a spectacular overhead kick fom Mehdi Taremi in stoppage time saw the Portuguese side win 1-0 at Stamford Bridge – their work a week ago in Porto ensured progression the the semi-finals.

Liverpool or Real Madrid will await them, with the Spanish side leading the Premier League outfit 3-1 on aggregate.

While Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will hope to turn things around at Anfield, Tuchel admitted he typically prefers to avoid teams from the same league in European knockout games.

‘I don’t wish for nothing but in general I like it in Champions League not to play teams from your own league,’ the Chelsea manager told BT Sport.

Klopp is hoping to turn things around at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

‘Because it gets a bit more the feeling of the European competition but that’s the only thing.

‘Whover deserves it – I think the game is far from over – but I will watch it for sure.

‘It’s a pleasure to watch it as semi-finalists, a great achievement. Tomorrow we will watch these games and there is nothing decided yet. Everything is possible.

‘Liverpool is very strong at home, the Premier League is strong. We take what we get, it’s a good situation for us.’

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount remained tight-lipped over his preference, telling BT Sport: ‘We’ll take anyone.

‘We’re ready for the fight. We’re ready for the battle. We get to sit down and watch it and analyse it. We’ll be ready for anyone.’

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