Real Madrid and Chelsea prepare for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash. The Real Madrid vs Chelsea will take place at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Tuesday night.
The farcical fallout of the doomed European Super League will still be fresh on both sides’ minds.
While Chelsea were the first of twelve teams to withdraw from the breakaway league, Real have still not admitted defeat.
Los Blancos advanced to the final four after a 3-1 aggregate win over Liverpool in the quarter-finals.
Meawhile, Chelsea overcame Porto 2-1 over two legs, one of which they lost.
On the domestic front, in the Premier League, Chelsea improved their top-four chances with a 1-0 victory over West Ham.
On the other hand, the hosts are coming off a poor goalless draw with Real Betis in La Liga.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea – Team news
Dani Carvajal is expected to play at right-back. He made his first appearance since February in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Real Betis.
Toni Kroos is certain to play, according to Zinedine Zidane.
However, since Ferland Mendy will skip the first leg, Nacho and Marcelo are vying for his spot.
Sergio Ramos is hoping to return to play in midweek, but it’s possible he won’t be ready until the second leg.
Due to injury and COVID-19, Lucas Vazquez and Federico Valverde will also miss the first leg with Chelsea.
Eden Hazard was a substitute on Saturday and will be hoping to play again, this time against his old club.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Nacho; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius
Chelsea’s only injury risk for the trip to Madrid is Mateo Kovacic, who is recovering from a thigh problem.
Against West Ham, Kai Havertz took the lead, with Timo Werner falling deeper. Christian Pulisic was replaced by the young German who started. This may happen again
The Blues will likely start Reece James or Callum Hudson-Odoi at right wing-back.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Havertz
- Real Madrid haven’t lost a competitive match since February 17, but they’ve just won one of their last four games.
- On Saturday, they were held to a 0-0 draw by Real Betis, ending a five-game winning streak at home. So, they will look to rectify this on Tuesday.
- Meanwhile, Chelsea have just conceded one goal in their last seven games away from Stamford Bridge.
- The Blues haven’t conceded in three games since a 1-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday. This streak they’ll wish to extend at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano this week and enter the Champions League final.
- This leg in Spain may be tough to call, with no side willing to give too much away. A draw is a possibility.
Another goalless draw in the first leg is a distinct possibility for Real Madrid.
After all, these are two of Europe’s most impenetrable defenses aiming to retain their impenetrable qualities.
They will each prevent falling behind before halftime in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, Tuchel’s attacking unit has not gelled reliably since taking over, as shown by a string of 1-0 wins. We can thus see the Blues being on the wrong end of the scoreline in the first leg.
On the other hand, Zidane’s men will look to prove their mettle with a fit-again Hazard in tow. So, they are likelier to score.