Chelsea need ‘belief’ and ‘intensity’ to beat Real Madrid in Champions League

Sides drew 1-1 in Spain in last week’s first legKovacic misses Champions League semi-finalThomas Tuchel has said that Chelsea stand no chance of reaching the Champions League final if they do not show enough belief against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.Although Chelsea hold a slender advantage before the second leg of their semi-final, they saw the danger of switching off at this level when they drew 1-1 in Spain last week. Tuchel’s side controlled the majority of the first half and were in a strong position after a potentially crucial away goal from Christian Pulisic, only for Karim Benzema’s sharp equaliser to keep the tie in the balance. Related: Real Madrid are the great survivors, as Chelsea could find to their cost | Sid Lowe Continue reading…

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Arsenal v West Brom: match preview

It is unlikely to be the cheeriest of Sunday nights at the Emirates given both sides could be put out of their misery, whether in avoiding the drop or chasing the Europa League, by full time. Sam Allardyce will have West Brom fired up for one last go but Mikel Arteta must raise his troops after the disastrous aggregate defeat to Villarreal. Eddie Nketiah may be among the players who get a chance to convince their manager they still have a long-term future at Arsenal. Nick Ames

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