Despite having met on four occasions, the two teams have never gone head-to-head in a competitive fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes that his side has got character and personality, with an ability to deliver when the going gets tough. Zidane was speaking to the media ahead of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. The game will take place at Stamford Bridge. The La Liga giants have been extremely successful in the Champions League in recent times, with Zidane considered one of the most successful managers in the competition.
“I’ve got a good feeling. We’re happy to be involved in his game and we know what sort of match we’ll be in for. We’re ready and know what has got us this far. We’ll go out and play our game and give our all to make the final. We’ve got this far thanks to our hard work and believing in what we do,” he said as quoted by the official website of Real Madrid.
“It’s a match that’ll last 90 minutes or more. We’re ready and it’s not every day that you play in a Champions League semi-final. We want to put in a great performance. The situation doesn’t change at all. We’re going to have to deliver a great performance and give our all out there. In a Champions League semi-final you have to dig in out there, but we’re ready and the important thing is what we do on the ball. The team is ready,” added Zidane.
The 48-year-old refused to term his side being in the semi-final a “miracle”, hailing the hard work of his team.
“It’s not a miracle that we’re here. We’ve got this far purely thanks to our hard work and believing in what we do. There’s no such thing as miracles in football. We’ve faced some challenges to get here, but you’ve got to take your hat off to this team because they’ve got character and personality and when the going gets tough, they deliver and always have done. We’re where we want to be and it’s deserved. We’re going to give our all tomorrow out there to get through to the final,” he said.
Zidane said that Belgian footballer Eden Hazard was ready for the elite encounter, stating that the team would need him to perform.
“Now’s a great time for him. He’s ready and that’s good. We’re going to need him and we know just what a great player he is. I’m sure that he’ll do his bit for the team. He’s ready. He’ll bring his game to the table and what he wants to do out there,” concluded Zidane.