Real Madrid vs Chelsea on any day is a big game, and it does not get bigger this year than at the Champions League semi-final leg one in Madrid.
Chelsea will come face to face with Real Madrid as they play for their lives and a place in the UCL finals. Chelsea seems hungrier of the two for the maximum points in the first leg of the semi-finals birth.
Chelsea in Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid
Real Madrid vs Chelsea in UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium is expected to be a tough game for both sides.
Chelsea made it to this stage courtesy of a 2-1 aggregate win over Portuguese giants Porto.
Liverpool succumbed to Real Madrid in a 3-1 loss over two legs to return to help Real Madrid proceed to the competition’s last four for the first time in three years.
This semi-final clash will mark the fourth European encounter between Chelsea and Real Madrid.
The last time both teams met at the European game level was the 1998 UEFA Super Cup final.
Real Madrid is a big team when it comes to Champions League victories but Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are no pushovers in this season’s UEFA Champions League
Chelsea Break Away Goals
The counter-attacking football of their blues is expected to be one of their strongest strategies on match day.
Chelsea is setting the records, having scored more goals from breakaways in the UCL this season. No team has scored more goals from breakaways in the Champions League than Chelsea this season.
It is expected that the UCL counter-attacks specialist will come to the party prepared to deliver.
If Real Madrid can apply the breaks and cut of breakaway Supplies on the night when the entire UK will be rooting for Chelsea, the home team have to be at their best if they want to spoil the party and hurt Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side in the Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea was not given a dog’s chance to be in the semis when the Champions League started but hard work has brought them this far. Jorginho on #UCL Semis said ”We have worked very hard & I think we deserve to be at this stage of the competition, playing against the top teams in Europe. We just need to keep this mentality for each game, continue working hard & see where this journey can take us.”
What Chelsea must do on the night to win against Real Madrid
On the night, Chelsea would probably ensure academy star Reece James applies the necessary breaks on Real Madrid’s winger Vinicius Junior.
Edouard Mendy would have to be at his best tonight haven been a revelation for Chelsea this season. His transformation and quality are needed in the goals posts tonight.
He has kept a whooping 16 clean sheets in 21 games under Thomas Tuchel but goes into the Real Madrid vs Chelsea semi-final clash with 22 clean sheets in 37 games in all competitions this season.
He will have to come to the party and stop the balls from Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema from hurting the chances of the blues being in the finals from today. He would have to prove he is the best pair of hands for the blues and be on his toes at all times.
Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic must be an enticing player on the night to help the team come out of the first leg of the champions league semi-finals with a better result. He has rediscovered himself and is a key player for Chelsea tonight.
Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante must take control of the midfield battles and control the game for the blues, leaving no chance for the Real Madrid midfield led by Casemiro
Real Madrid vs Chelsea in UEFA Champions League semi-final prediction
We predict a stalemate or Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea final results on the night. Both teams are solid and we rule out goals fest. We expect both teams to play it safe since there is a second leg at stake. Chelsea, Real Madrid clash at the semi-finals is expected to be a cagey affair which will translate into the Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea. A draw looks like the likeliest outcome. An away goal for the Blues could a big and potential game-changer for Chelsea.
Every player on the side of the blues knows the job at stake. The blues must come to the party to play and earn at least a draw with an away go.