Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea can overcome the lack of Champions League semi-final experience by playing with hunger and enthusiasm when they face Real Madrid.
Les Bleus have reached the last four top club competitions in Europe for the first time since 2013-14, a season that ended with Madrid winning the trophy in Lisbon.
Los Blancos have also won the competition for three consecutive seasons in Zinedine Zidane’s first term, with many key players involved in that impressive hat-trick still at the club.
However, Tuchel believes his Chelsea side are in “a good time” ahead of Tuesday’s first leg in the Spanish capital.
“Every game I think we are able to play at a very high level,” said Tuchel, who confirmed that Mateo Kovacic would miss the game in Madrid due to injury, told media.
“If it is not possible to play our best game, we are always in a position not to let the opponents play their best game – which is also a definition of performance.
“We have a strong bond; I feel a strong bond within the team. I feel we are very physically involved in the games, ready to work together, to suffer together and, when necessary, to answer questions. If it is necessary to fight, then fight; if it is necessary to run, then run.
“Don’t expect crazy things from us, but once again at the highest level.
“The good thing is we’ve had experiences together, tough games, close games, very important Premier League and FA Cup games, so we think it’s a good time to play this game.
“We want to play hungry; we want to play adventurous. Perhaps, given a lack of experience in the semi-finals, to compensate with hunger and enthusiasm.