Both the clubs sit only one exceptional performance away from reaching the final of the Uefa Champions League
The first collision between the two sides had ended in an entertaining 1-1 draw which provided Chelsea with a crucial away goal as they head back to home conditions at Stamford Bridge for the second and final collision between the two sides.
Will Chelsea secure their pathway to their 3rd Uefa Champions League final or are we going to see Real Madrid be one step away from lifting their 14th Champions League title?
All is discussed in my Chelsea vs Real Madrid Preview given below:
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Preview:
Chelsea secured a comfortable 2-0 victory against their arch-rivals Fulham on Saturday, helping themselves to a stronghold in their top 4 race. Kai Havertz scored a brace which provided much-needed relief to Chelsea fans in regards to his form. They will hope he can carry this form towards the Real Madrid game on Wednesday.
Real Madrid on the other hand are involved in an enthralling title race where they find themselves 2 points behind the table-toppers in Athletico Madrid.
They got a hard-fought victory against Osasuna on Sunday and will be hoping to continue that momentum towards the Chelsea game on Wednesday.
Chelsea finds themselves better placed when it comes to a fully fit squad for this massive clash.
Except for Matteo Kovacic, the whole squad is fit and ready to go. There were doubts regarding Antonio Rudiger’s presence but as per Chelsea’s manager Thomas Tuchel, Rudiger might be involved wearing a protective mask to cover for his injury he suffered against Real Madrid in the first leg.
Real Madrid on the other hand face a massive injury crisis and could struggle to field a full-strength eleven for this encounter.
Raphael Varane will miss this encounter which is a massive blow to Real Madrid, while Sergio Ramos is also doubtful for this encounter. Marcelo has been announced as part of Real Madrid’s squad that will travel to London and could be involved depending on the fitness of Ferland Mendy who is also doubtful to be involved in this match. Federico Valverde missed the first leg due to testing positive for Coronavirus but has been included in the squad after testing negative before this vital clash on Wednesday.
Predicted Line Ups:
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be expected to line up in their regular formation of 3-4-3. It will be interesting to see will he persist with Cesar Azpilicueta as an RWB or could he surprise us all with a more attacking player in his place.
Chelsea Predicted Line Up: E Mendy A Christensen A Rudiger T Silva C Azpilicueta Jorginho N’golo Kante B Chilwell C Pulisic M Mount T Werner
Real Madrid changed their side to a 3 at the back in the first leg but it backfired on Zinedine Zidane and they could count themselves lucky that the game remained 1-1 after Chelsea attackers fluffed their lines in front of the goal in the last encounter.
They did look secure with changes at half time and Real will be expected to not repeat the same mistakes again.
Real Madrid Predicted Line Up: T Courtois A Odriozola E Militao Nacho F Mendy L Modric Casemerio T Kroos M Asensio V Junior K Benzema
4 Amazing Stats:
Karim Benzema has scored 6 goals for Real Madrid in Uefa Champions League.
Real Madrid have lost only one away game in their 5 Champions League matches away from home while winning 2 of them and drawing the remaining.
Chelsea have only lost three games at home against a Spanish opposition since the takeover of the club by Roman Abramovich.
Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten as a manager when he is up against Real Madrid where he has one victory against them while drawing a total of 4 games against them. In those times he has managed Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and now he is the current Chelsea manager. (Talk Sport)
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