Real Madrid's Varane full of praise for 'complete' Chelsea ahead of Champions League clash

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has described Chelsea as a “complete team” ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first-leg match.

It is safe to say that not many expected that Chelsea would be able to reach the Champions League semi-final this season — and even some of their fans must have been pleasantly surprised.

But they are here after just one defeat in the competition so far and convincing wins over La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the last 16.

Varane is clearly aware of the talents that Chelsea have at their disposal, particularly among their attackers.

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“They’re a very complete team, with players that have different qualities up front,” the France international said in the pre-match press conference on Monday.

“Chelsea have different ways in which they can play, but the important thing is that we adapt well to what we’re going to come up against.

“They have pace up front, strong in the air, and the ability to play with a deeper block or a more advanced one.

“They can cause problems at any time in the game and we’re going to have to stick together and defend well.

“The best way is to defend together and deny them space.”

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Chronicle view

One of the positive thing about Thomas Tuchel’s tendency to rotate his front three is that Chelsea are quite unpredictable.

Mason Mount is arguably the only one who constantly plays, and the manager pick the other two based on the opposition and his attacking plans.

Tuchel might opt to field Mount a bit deeper as a sole No.10, behind Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, for a more counter-attacking style.

On the other hand, the manager could go with Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz as roaming front three for more fluidity up top.

The latter option could be the way to go if, as Varane suggested, Real Madrid are going to try to deny Chelsea space in the final third.

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