Preview, Staff Information, and Match Prediction
Chelsea is welcomed real Madrid at home, in the second leg of the semi-finals of Champions League. The first leg was hotly contested by the two teams and the second leg promises to be even more exciting.
Thomas Tuchel’s team scored the decisive away goal in the first leg when the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Christian Pulisic scored the goal for Chelsea while Karim Benzema acrobatically equalized for Los Blancos. The blues created more chances, but couldn’t implement them or this edge was missing in the last third.
Tuchel will hope the missed opportunities on his side will not return to pursue his team. While Zinedine Zidane is hoping his team can take advantage of opportunities missed by the Blues.
Analysis: Chelsea versus Real Madrid
In the preliminary round, the Blues Kante used as a substitute in midfield. Often times he was licensed to prowl forward as they always had an extra man in midfield. This time, Tuchel might pick Havertz as the wrong nine. With people like Werner, Pulisic or Mount who run after them.
As for Real Madrid, their motive would be to prevent someone like Havertz or Mount from falling deep and collecting the ball. You could try pressing hard and winning the ball early to start counter attacks. While in possession they will try to switch games quickly, isolating Chelsea players and creating opportunities.
It looks more difficult for Los Blancos if they don’t press properly. The Blues could create opportunities again as they did in the previous leg. Chelsea should also remain vigilant, if Real Madrid get caught up in the grove it will be very difficult to stop them. You have to stop the transitions if they are to contain Los Blancos.
When and where?
Chelsea will host Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League at 12:30 p.m. (IST) on May 6, 2021 at Stamford Bridge.
Team News and Injury Update
Matteo Kovacic is unlikely to face his old club as he continues to recover from an injury. Tuchel will hope that both Rüdiger and Mount will be available for the game. Both were hit in the game against Fulham.
Expected line-up: Edouard Mendy; Antonio Rüdiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen; Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Maurerberg, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz.
Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, three of them, are injured for the game. Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Ramos are doubts for the game. While Federico Valverde is unlikely to be there, he continues to recover from Covid 19.
Expected line-up: Thibaut Courtois; Nacho, Casemiro, Eder Militao, Alvaro Odriozola; Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco; Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Real Madrid. While Los Blancos’ last win in England came in 2014, they beat Liverpool 3-0 in the group stage. The Blues have managed to go five out of seven rounds to the next round of the Champions League if they weren’t beaten in the first leg .
Total games: 4, Chelsea: 2, Real Madrid: 0, draw: 2.
In the last leg, the Blues often lacked quality in the last third. However, if Pulisic gets in position to deliver the final ball, perhaps Blues could score some goals. He’s an excellent dribbler and he can use that to pass players and create opportunities.
In the first leg, Zinedine Zidane’s men couldn’t control the pace of the game. Toni Kroos didn’t have much space or time on the ball. As a result, Real Madrid didn’t have many chances. If the German is able to control the pace of the game, Los Blancos can take more promising positions to create opportunities.
12.Man prediction: Chelsea 2 vs Real Madrid 0
On the defensive, Chelsea were very strong, while Madrid needed a spectacular result to level the first leg. It is likely that something similar will happen and now many Chelsea players have gained valuable experience in the first leg as well. They also have more firepower on the bench so they are very good to go.