Arsene Wenger says Chelsea face ‘psychological problem’ after Real Madrid draw

Arsene Wenger says Chelsea face ‘psychological problem’ after Real Madrid draw
Arsene Wenger says Chelsea face ‘psychological problem’ after Real Madrid draw
Arsene Wenger says Chelsea must have a clear strategy in their second leg against Real Madrid (beIN Sports)

Arsene Wenger believes Chelsea face a ‘psychological problem’ ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid next week.

Christian Pulisic’s superb solo goal put Chelsea in front in the first leg on Tuesday evening but Karim Benzema’s equaliser from close range sealed a 1-1 draw for Madrid.

Chelsea will now host Madrid in the return leg at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.

And Wenger believes Thomas Tuchel needs every player to follow a strict game plan in order for Chelsea to reach the final.

‘What is interesting in the Champions League is that you always have in the second game a psychological problem to sort out,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.

‘If you’re the manager of Chelsea now you go home tonight and you have to convince your players to adopt a strategy in the second game.

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Christian Pulisic’s goal put Chelsea ahead against Real Madrid (Getty)

‘So I say, will you try to get 0-0 or will you try to win the game.’

Asked what he would do if he were Chelsea manager, Wenger replied: ‘I would try to win the game.

‘Because Madrid is in a different situation psychologically. They go to Chelsea and even if they score a goal it doesn’t change too much, they just play.

‘You are always be in trouble when the way to behave is not clear. Because the lack of clarity gets the players in between two [mindsets].

‘For Madrid they have one advantage – they are clear, they know what to do for the second leg.’

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Author: Chris Davie