Thomas Tuchel says he is hoping to find a Ramos solution to tackle the return of Madrid captain in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid. The German hinted that the Blues could operate with a ‘false nine’ in order to limit the Spaniard’s effectiveness.
Chelsea will go into Wednesday’s game with every chance of reaching their third Champions League final — and their first since 2012 — after securing a 1-1 draw at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on April 28.
Kai Havertz has been Tuchel’s preferred choice to lead the line as a ‘false nine’ to achieve his ‘Ramos solution’ with his impressive performance in recent games, scoring both goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Fulham in their last League game making his goal tally to four in the league this season.
An alternative tactical plans could be to position Timo Werner as a central striker or turn to Olivier Giroud as a target man to contest with the so called Madrid power house Sergio Ramos, in a man-to-man aerial battle.
But with Ramos set to return for the second leg fixture at Stamford Bridge after a spell on the sidelines, Tuchel admits he is yet to decide which plan to consider if the 35-year-old experienced center back feature from the start.
The Ramos Solution
“If we play with no striker at all and Ramos has nothing to fight then that can also be a solution. I have not made my mind up yet,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“It’s another challenge because he is the leader of their group and he is the guy to give a lot of solutions to any questions that we will hopefully ask them.
“We will wait and see who is in good shape and good form, what shape we play and where we try to hurt them.
“I’m not too sure if they will play again with five or go back to four [in defence] so there are many questions, but we don’t need the answers now. It’s enough if we have them on Wednesday.”
Will Tuchel’s proposed Ramos solution work out?