Real Madrid host Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final first leg match

The thirteen time European champions will be up against a resurgent Chelsea team under Thomas Tuchel.

Real Madrid host Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday; Credit: Twitter/@realmadrid

Real Madrid will host Chelsea at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday night. Chelsea will be playing in their eighth Champions League semi-final, first one since 2013-14. The Los Blancos have been dealing with a number of injury problems, but Zinedine Zidane’s men have managed to keep themselves alive in the La Liga title race and UEFA Champions League. Chelsea have been impressive since Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January. Chelsea have managed to reach the FA Cup final and are placed fourth in the Premier League points table.

Real’s strengths

Real Madrid come into the match on the back of a goalless draw against Real Betis and has kept four consecutive clean sheets in the last four games. Zidane’s side has a disciplined defense. The return of Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal into the squad will surely strengthen its already solid defense. Nacho will probably play at the left back for injured Ferland Mendy. Marcelo is also available.

Real’s greatest strength this season has been the midfield trio of- Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric. The trio is approaching a combined total of 1000 appearances for the club. Casemiro’s tough defensive abilities, Kroos’s passing accuracy and Modric’s creativity in the attacking third will be crucial for Real going into the semi-final against Chelsea.

Karim Benzema has been the lone reliable goal scoring option up front for Real with Vinicius Junior and Asensio in support. The Frenchman has scored five goals in the Champions League so far, and will be looking to add to that.

Real have a superior Champions League experience, as many of the players, who won the hat-trick of Champions League titles under Zidane in his first tenure between 2016 and 2018, are still in the team.

Resurgent Chelsea

Chelsea are on an impressive run of form after the German coach Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in late January. The Blues have reached the FA Cup final, beating Manchester City in the semi-final last week. Coming into the match, Tuchel’s side have won four of their last six games.

Timo Werner has been involved in most number of goals for Chelsea this season, with 11 goals and 9 assists. The German striker’s blistering pace up front will be a threat for any defense.

Chelsea squad has less Champions League experience compared to Real Madrid but the Blues will fancy their chances against an experienced Real side.




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