Nevin says Chelsea attacker who 'scared' Real Madrid defence might not start in second leg

Pat Nevin said Thomas Tuchel will have a tough call to make regarding who will lead the Chelsea attacking line in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Tuchel unsurprisingly refused to reveal his team selection in the press conference on Tuesday.

The Chelsea manager said he prefers to make the decisions late, saying there are way things you cannot predict even hours before the game.

But unlike Zinedine Zidane who is almost certainly going to rely on Karim Benzema up front, things are a bit more complicated for Tuchel, according to Nevin.

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“Chelsea have to consider who starts up front, and it is not an easy choice,” the former Blues winger told the club’s official website.

“Timo Werner scared the living daylights out of Real’s defence with his pace.

“But then Kai Havertz had another one of his ridiculously elegant displays against Fulham when he coasted beyond players, and even their entire defence, with something that looked uncannily like effortless ease.

“Tough call.”

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Mason Mount’s presence will be important in helping Jorginho and N’Golo Kante deal with Real Madrid midfield trio. Christian Pulisic is likely fresh after given a rest on Saturday and his directness would come in handy.

These two are very likely to start. But the third attacker will indeed be a tough call.

Havertz and Werner both tend to roam from their initial position but offers very different skill sets.

Having the former start the game to help control the first hour of the game before unleashing Werner’s pace against tired Real Madrid legs could be an option.

On the other hand, if Tuchel expects Real Madrid to be on the front foot from the first minute and potentially leave some space at the back, Werner is likely to start.

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