Real Madrid and Chelsea prepare for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Tuesday night. Both teams were part of the now-canceled European Super League.
Chelsea beat Porto 2-1 over two legs after a late scare. Los Blancos beat Liverpool 3-1 in the quarter-finals on their way to the final four.
Real Madrid was held to a goalless draw by Real Betis in La Liga denting their title hopes. Chelsea improved their top-four chances with a 1-0 victory over West Ham United.
- Dani Carvajal is expected to play at right-back after he made his first appearance since February in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Real Betis.
- Zinedine Zidane confirmed that Toni Kroos is fit but Ferland Mendy will skip the first leg, with Nacho and Marcelo vying for the spot.
- Sergio Ramos will most likely be available for the second leg but is hoping to return to play in midweek.
- Lucas Vazquez and Federico Valverde will miss Chelsea the Chelsea game due to injury and COVID-19 respectively
- Eden Hazard will be hoping to play his old club after he came on as a substitute on Saturday.
- Chelsea’s only injury risk for the trip to Madrid is Mateo Kovacic, who is recovering from a thigh problem.
- Kai Havertz took the lead, with Timo Werner falling deeper and Christian Pulisic being replaced by the young German who started against West Ham.
- The Blues are supposed to start Reece James or Callum Hudson-Odoi at right wing-back.
- Real Madrid has just won one of their last four games but hasn’t lost a competitive match since February 17. On Saturday they ended a five-game winning streak at home when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Real Betis which they will look to rectify on Tuesday.
- Chelsea hasn’t conceded in three games since a 1-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday, a streak they’ll look to extend at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano this week. The Blues have just conceded one goal in their last seven games away from Stamford Bridge as they aim to book a place in the Champions League final,
- In Spain, this may be a cagey affair, with no side willing to give too much away. A draw is a possibility.
As two of Europe’s most impenetrable defenses aim to retain their impenetrable qualities and prevent falling behind at halftime in the semi-final, another goalless draw in the first leg for Real Madrid is a distinct possibility.
As shown by a string of 1-0 wins, we can see the Blues being on the wrong end of the scoreline in the first leg. Tuchel’s attacking unit has not gelled reliably since taking over. Zidane’s men look to prove their mettle with a fit-again Hazard in tow.
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; HavertzO
Our Prediction: Real Madrid 1-0 Chelsea