The semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League begin in Spain on Tuesday when La Liga champions Real Madrid host Premier League club Chelsea. This first-leg clash kicks off at 20:00 and will be beamed live worldwide to a massive audience as both clubs battle for a place in the final.
The home team is out for revenge after losing 1-0 in the European Super League when meeting the Blues. Gus Poyet scored the winning goal in that match back in 1998. An exciting piece of information regarding this game is Real Madrid have never recorded a win over Chelsea in their previous three attempts. The head-to-head stats stand at two wins for the Londoners and one draw. Blancos aim to get off the mark here.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Los Blancos have a 100% winning record in the past decade – all of which had come in the International Champions Cup. They had also scored three or more goals in all these games.
- The last they lost was back in 1998, in the UEFA Super Cup.
- The Blues had won the final of the 1971 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, against this same rival.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Prediction
After knocking out reigning Premier League holders Liverpool in the quarter-finals, 13-time Champions League winners Real Madrid are looking to take another English scalp as they face Chelsea in the semi-finals. Zinedine Zidane’s side are expected to start this game on the front foot as they look to acquire a first leg lead in Madrid, however they’ll be hoping to combine their attacking style of play with the same defensive solidarity that has seen them keep clean sheets in each of their last four games in all competitions.
Chelsea meanwhile, have a strong record at the back this season in Europe, having kept seven clean sheets in the season’s Champions League so far and Thomas Tuchel’s men are yet to concede a goal away from home in the knockout stage.
The visitors are expected to try and soak up the pressure enforced upon them by Real Madrid and look to utilise their pace both going forward and through their wing-backs
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Team News
Eden Hazard made his return from injury at the weekend but he might not be ready to start against his former club here, whilst Sergio Ramos is also doubtful. Toni Kroos has missed Real’s last two games but should be involved, but Ferland Mendy and Fede Valverde are definitely out.
Chelsea’s only injury absentee in Mateo Kovacic, who is unavailable to face his ex-employers.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Nacho; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Havertz