Chelsea are looking forward to secure UEFA Champions League glory. The Blues were able to defeat Porto on a 2-1 aggregate. Thomas Tuchel and co are to face Real Madrid next in the semifinal clash.
Chelsea were able to secure the upper hand in the first-leg with a 2-0 victory. Thanks to the stunning goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. However, despite Porto trying to retaliate in the second leg. The Portuguese club were only able to find the back of the net in the 93rd minute.
Hence, concluding the clash in a 2-1 aggregate in Chelsea’s favour. The west London side have to clash against Spanish giants Real Madrid next. The La Liga champions were able to triumph over Liverpool in the first leg. And were also able to hold them on a draw at Anfield. Earning their spot in the semifinals against Chelsea.
The Blues are not showing any worries so far. They are aware that Madrid are a strong side with a history in the Champions League. But Thomas Tuchel and his boys are ready to be at their best to make their UCL dreams come true.
Reece James makes a vow to Chelsea fans:
Ahead of their UCL clash both Real and Chelsea have been asked various questions by media. Reece James was also caught by the media lately and the right-back has given some insights ahead of the game. The English footballer insists that his side has nothing to fear ahead of their big game.
James elaborates that Chelsea are a strong side that can go head-to-head against Real. He also explains that the Blues have been playing at their strongest recently. And also adds that his side is training hard to ensure a victory. Thomas Tuchel has been working hard to resolve all their weak areas. He has been able to improve Chelsea’s overall form lately. But will hope to get his side in the better form before the UCL clash.
“We’re a very good team as well. We have many strengths, we play to our strengths and I think that’s shown over recent weeks.” – Reece James via Chelsea official website.
Reece James himself has been in great form lately. Playing in a right-wing back role in Tuchel’s formation. The 21-year-old has 1 goal and 5 assists in all appearances this term. James also has a Champions League assist from his seven apps. He will be hoping to get some more on his tally ahead of the Real Madrid clash.
The history between the clubs:
Both Chelsea and Real Madrid are preparing ahead of their big clash in the coming week. Although tensions are at a peak at both ends, Chelsea fans may have something to boast about. The Blues have gone head-to-head against Real Madrid three times in the past. And Chelsea were victorious in two of them and held the other game to a draw. This is an impressive record for the Blues and they will surely try to keep the records in their favour.
In addition to the history that links the club through their past games. Both sides also have links through their players. Thibaut Courtois was a part of Chelsea for a long time. Though he was not always at Stamford Bridge, he was a long-term member of the club. However, the two-time PL-winning keeper chose to leave for Real Madrid in a dramatic way. In addition to Courtois, Eden Hazard is also currently at Real Madrid.
Hazard is still a favourite for a majority of Chelsea’s supporters. However, the Belgian winger has not been able to perform at his best due to back-to-back injuries. Mateo Kovacic is also a player that links the clubs. The Croatian came to Chelsea in a cash plus player deal from Real Madrid during the signing of Thibaut Courtois. Although he came in a loan deal, Chelsea soon made the deal permanent.
Another connection between the clubs is a family tie. The current Chelsea ball-stopper Edouard Mendy is the first cousin of Madrid’s left-back Ferland Mendy. With so many ties between the clubs, it will be an auspicious game to watch. Both sides are preparing for the big game. Whoever the winner may be, we spectators will surely get a fun game to watch.