Thomas Tuchel explained why he chose Chelsea to face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday night.
Chelsea will travel to Tissaide at Riverside Stadium in their Championship attire, hoping to qualify for next month’s Wembley semi-finals. Chelsea face Middlesbrough: Mendi, Aspilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Sarr, Kovacic, Loftus-Chick, Mount, Zieh, Lukaku, Pulisic Subs: Bettinelli, Alonso, Kennedy, Chalobach, Kante, Barkley, Havers, Vale, Werner When choosing a team, Tuchel said: “We have new legs and new minds on the pitch to put pressure on them, control the game and respond to their strong attacking style.
The Blues are eyeing the FA Cup title which they have failed to get in the last two years even though they have entered the final round. Against Middlesbrough, Chelsea certainly should not be underestimated. This is because Boro became the dark horse team this season. Two big teams, namely Man United and Tottenham Hotspurs were successfully eliminated by Middlesbrough. Chelsea tactician Thomas Tuchel has to be wary of this.
“We are looking forward to a tough match, as Middlesbrough have proven to be overworked in recent cup matches and they love to play outsiders. The situation is the same today. ” He added: “We always play at the lowest level for our spectators and for the hundreds of people who work at Chelsea and are not in the public eye. “They are also in the unknown, so we do it for them. We aim to set the tone and show the spirit needed to be positive. ”