Chelsea are set to welcome Real Madrid at home, in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League. The first leg was hotly contested by the two teams and the second one promises to be an even more exciting one.
Thomas Tuchel side managed to score the vital away goal in the first leg as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Christian Pulisic scored the goal for Chelsea, while Karim Benzema equalised for Los Blancos acrobatically. The Blues created more chances but failed to convert them or lacked that bit of edge in the final third.
Tuchel will be hopeful that the chances missed by his side do not come back to haunt his team. While Zinedine Zidane will be hoping that his team can capitalize on the chances missed by the Blues.
Analysis: Chelsea vs Real Madrid
In the previous leg, the Blues used Kante as a spare man in the midfield. Often he had the license to roam forward, as they always had an extra man in the midfield. This time perhaps, Tuchel could go for Havertz as the false nine. With the likes of Werner, Pulisic, or Mount running in behind.
As for Real Madrid their motive would be to stop someone like Havertz or Mount dropping deep and collecting the ball. They could try to press hard and win the ball early in order to launch counter attacks. While in possession they will try to switch the play quickly, to isolate Chelsea players and create chances.
It looks more tricky for Los Blancos if they don’t get their pressing right, the Blues could yet again create chances as they did in the previous leg. Chelsea should also remain vigilant, in case of Real Madrid get in their grove they will become very difficult to stop. They will have to stop the transitions if they want to contain the Los Blancos.
When and Where?
Chelsea will host Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on 6th May 2021 in the second leg of the Champions League at 12:30 am (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
Matteo Kovacic is unlikely to feature against his old club as he continues to recover from injury. Tuchel will be hopeful that both Rudiger and Mount are avialable for the game. Both of them picked up knocks in the game against Fulham.
Predicted Line Up: Edouard Mendy; Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen; Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz.
Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane, and Dani Carvajal three of them are out injured for the game. Marcelo, Ferland Mendy, and Ramos are doubts for the game. While Federico Valverde is unlikely to feature as he continues to recover from covid 19.
Predicted Line Up: Thibaut Courtois; Nacho, Casemiro, Eder Militao, Alvaro Odriozola; Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco; Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema.
Head to Head Stats
Chelsea are unbeaten in their previous four meetings with Real Madrid. While Los Blancos’ last victory in England came in 2014, they defeated Liverpool 3-0 in the group stage. The Blues have managed to go into the next round of the Champions League five times out of seven when they haven’t been beaten in the first leg.
Total Matches: 4, Chelsea:2, Real Madrid: 0, Draw: 2.
In the previous leg, the Blues often lacked the quality in the final third. However, if Pulisic gets into the position of delivering the final ball, perhaps Blues might get some goals. He is an excellent dribbler and he can use that to go past players and create chances.
In the first leg, Zinedine Zidane’s men failed to control the tempo of the game. Toni Kroos wasn’t given a lot of space and time on the ball. As a result, Real Madrid did not create many chances. If the German is able to control the tempo of the game, Los Blancos can come in more promising positions to create chances.
12th Man Prediction: Chelsea 2 vs Real Madrid 0
Defensively, Chelsea have been very strong, while Madrid needed a spectacular to score the equaliser in the 1st leg. It is likely that something similar will happen and now many Chelsea players have gained valuable experience from the 1st leg as well. They also have more firepower on the bench, so they are very much good to go.