Chelsea Train Ahead Of Malmo In Champions League
Malmo manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has demanded more from his side against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea following a woeful performance in the reverse game.
The Swedish champions were dismantled at Stamford Bridge despite the Blues’ best players in the form of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner being forced Romelu Lukaku to exit proceedings due to respective injuries.
But this didn’t stop the goals leaking in at the back for Malmo who have now conceded an abysmal 11 goals in only three games so far in this season’s Champions League group stage campaign.
Ahead of the game against the European Champions, which is expected to attract a local crowd of around 22,500 on Tuesday evening, Tomasson has asked his team to ‘turn up to the party’ this time round, unlike last time out in west London.
- “We are playing against a very good side, probably one of the best but we go on the pitch to get a good result,” the former Newcastle forward said at his pre-match press conference on Monday,
“We are involved in this party playing Champions League and we want to be part of the party.
“I think it’s the first time in more than two years we have a full stadium in a European night.”
The ex-Denmark international then went on to add: “Malmo is a Champions League city, Malmo is a Champions League club.
“Being involved in those games, I think we can be very proud for all of the players, all of the staff, the whole club, and our supporters that we are
part of this successful journey and tomorrow is a game where we want to give everything to make an upset against a very good side and we go for that.
“We haven’t had a full stadium for almost two years in Europe.
“It’s a long time so I want to have a crazy stadium tomorrow with supporters and we will do everything to get a good result.”
Despite being heavy favourites going into the game that will be played out in Scandinavia, Chelsea manager Tuchel is preparing his troops for what could be an ‘extraordinary performance’ by their Swedish counterparts.
He said in his pre-Malmo press conference: “It’s the fifth or sixth game in a row where we are considered favourites and I like how my team consider these matches. We give a lot of effort and intensity.
We proved out point on the pitch and it is required tomorrow.
“Malmo maybe need an extraordinary performance and they will prepare for this. Any team at his level is to create an extraordinary performance.
So we should be prepared, humble and respectful towards the game because anything can happen.”
A win for the Blues in this contest will almost certainly guarantee a safe passage through to the round of 16 stage, as Tuchel and co. look to move a step closer to defending their European crown.