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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Croatian midfielder spoke to the media ahead of Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto, which will be played in Sevilla due to Covid-19 travel restrictions
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! What lessons can you learn from Saturday's defeat to West Brom? "It was a strange game, we made some mistakes we didn’t make before, and there was an early red card. These things happen in football, but we analysed the game, we spoke about it. Now we know what we need to improve and we are ready to bounce back in this next game. After the Kepa and Antonio Rudiger bust-up, what role to the rest of the players have? "It's not a big deal. It is just competition in the dressing room. We spoke about it, all cleared, all done. We are a strong group. These things happen in a family and strong groups. So we will accept it, we will leave it behind and we are all focused for the game tomorrow." Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Do you expect a difficult challenge from Porto? "It is a difficult draw as Porto is a good team, which we saw against Juventus. They knocked out a big opponent and they showed togetherness and a great spirit. They will be a tough game because they fight together, they stick together. It is a tough game for us, so is every game in the Champions League, but we are prepared for it. Tomorrow is a big day for us and I’m sure the whole team is focused." Have you seen a different side to Thomas Tuchel after Saturday's defeat? "I have seen a good side, the same as we have seen from the beginning. He's calm but when he needs to say things, he says it. So we spoke in the dressing room, we analysed the game and we saw our mistakes, but we also saw positive things which were in this game. It was big loss, but it is a wake up call for the team. We analyse it and we are now totally focused for Wednesday and now just want to have a great game and improve every game." It's been highlighted that Chelsea have a bigger budget than Porto, is that something that will influence the game? "No that will not give you advantage [on the pitch]. For sure not. The advantage we need to have is on the pitch because Porto is a tough, tough opponent. We saw against Juventus. They can play against any team, but we are as well a good team and we have prepared ourselves very well for that game and I am sure we will show that tomorrow. It depend on the pitch, it is nothing to do with budget. It is all about the pitch." Read More Related Articles Every word Thomas Tuchel said on 'serious' Rudiger and Kepa incident, Kante fitness and more Read More Related Articles Two injured stars return, Rudiger and Kepa feature – six things spotted in Chelsea training Pepe says the Chelsea players celebrated drawing Porto, is that true? "No, [and that's] strange to hear that from Pepe because I played with him for three years. So I don’t know what he means or if he actually said it. But of course not. Me, I didn’t celebrate because when I played before with Real Madrid I know that in these stages there are no lucky opponents or bad opponents. This is a tough draw. "Porto is an amazing team, which we saw against Juventus and they knocked out them so it is a big opponent out. They showed a great character, a great team spirit and we need to show that as well tomorrow. And we need to try our best to go through them, but it will not be easy." You won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid but didn't play in the final Does that give you extra motivation? "It would be nice to play a final with Chelsea. It would be amazing. But we are in the quarters now and we need to take it step-by-step. We are facing Porto who are a big opponent. I think this Chelsea team can go very far. Every game, we are growing more and more confident in ourselves. "We have a great mixture of young talents and experienced players. We are ready for every opponent and the challenge which will come.
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. All players like to play in big games. We will be prepared and ready to play a big game for Chelsea."
What concerned you about the West Brom defeat? "It was a difficult and strange game because we started the game quite well. We weren’t at our best but we played a good game. We scored the first goal so everything was going well for us. But then, yes, two or three mistakes happened and we conceded a red card and two goals in the 45th and 47th minute. After that, it is difficult. "It’s football and these things happen, especially in the Premier League where there is no easy opponent. We learned a lesson that we cannot be too confident in our game but sometimes we need to change. Yes, these are things that we will learn because we are not a long time with the new manager. We have a lot of things to improve on and I am sure this team will improve a lot." You're one yellow card away from a suspension, will that be in your mind? "It will not affect me tomorrow. I am just focused on the first game. I will not look at the second game. I will go confident and prepared as always and see what happens in the game." We've obviously spoken about the Rudiger and Kepa incident, but have you ever been involved in a fight with a team-mate? "I am not a fighting guy. In the squad, there has always sometimes been tension and with me too. It is normal. It is just like a family where you argue with your brothers and sisters which is normal. It is not a big deal and these things happen. The most important thing is that these things are cleared and we are good with each other and we look forward to our objectives which is the most important thing."
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You played with Pepe at Real Madrid, will you warn the Chelsea forwards what to expect? "I just need to say that I know Pepe is an amazing guy and an amazing team-mate. I just appreciate the time that I had with him at Real Madrid. He was amazing with me and I love him. "As a player, he is amazing. We know what Pepe can bring to his team. A lot of experience and he is a fighter who brings a good spirit to his teams. I don’t need to worry because our strikers are used to playing in the Premier League against tough opponents, every centre-back is quite difficult. It will be another game full of big players and we will be prepared for that."
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