the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid ,Chelsea will occur on Tuesday night at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
The UEFA Champions League final stages begin this week, with 4 teams competing for a place in the competition’s finals.
Madrid ,Chelsea would set things off in the match on Tuesday, both required out of the Champions next season to kick-start the breakaway European Super League.
Real Madrid hasn’t had the best time getting to the Champions League semi-finals
Indeed, Zinedine Zidane’s team struggled in the group stages and only barely made it through the knockout stages.
Then they had to see off 2 solid teams in Borussia ,Premier League winners Liverpool, which they did expertly ,successfully to reach the final 4.
On the other hand, Chelsea undefeated through the group stages before losing in the Round of 16 to Real Madrid’s local rivals Atletico.
FC Porto made them struggle in the quarter-finals, but a first-leg solid performance was enough to get them into the semi-finals, despite missing the second leg.
Both sides are coming off with difficult results in their respective competitions, with Real Madrid holding Real Betis to a goalless draw and Chelsea having to fight hard for their 1-0 victory over West Ham United.
The Hard Tackle looks closely at both sides ahead of this upcoming blockbuster match from Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Real Madrid has received an injury boost ahead of the clash, as midfielder Kroos is back in the running after missing the previous two matches due to injury.
On the other hand, the hosts may be without Ramos, Federico, Lucas, Mendy for the crucial match on Tuesday night.
Following the weekend’s result, a few changes are likely to the team.
none are predicted at the back, as former Chelsea star Courtois starts in goal, protected by a backline that includes Carvajal and Nacho as full Eder Militao and Chelsea striker Varane as center-backs.
Los Blancos can’t afford to overlook Casemiro at the heart of their three-person midfield unit.
Now that Modric and Kroos are suitable accessible, they will fill the 2 remaining midfield slots and serve as creative forces for Zidane’s team.
When it comes to the final third, Karim Benzema is an easy choice for the center-forward role.
Rodrygo Goes, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, and ex-Chelsea standout Eden Hazard will compete for the final two starting spots.
Provided Rodrygo and Asensio’s lack of involvement at the weekend, Vinicius and Hazard could have the nod, considering Hazard’s recent injury problems.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3):
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinicius, Benzema, Hazard
Chelsea, unlike Real Madrid, has no significant injury worries ahead of their travel to Spain.
Mateo Kovacic, the goalkeeper, is the only one who is currently ineligible for selection.
Despite Kepa Arrizabalaga’s recent comeback, Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper is Edouard Mendy, who should start in Madrid on Tuesday night.
Azpilicueta, who began as a winger at the weekend, should return to the 3 person defensive line alongside Silva and Rudiger.
Andreas Christensen the unfortunate one to miss out.
James, who came on as a replacement in the league game, should return to the starting lineup as the right wing-back and, like Chilwell on the opposite flank, will be a central attacking conduit with his forward bursts, with the Englishman now preferred over ex-Real Madrid man Alonso.
With Kovacic out, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho form a solid central midfield pairing.
The pair would be critical in limiting the effect of their opponent’s numbers, Modric and Kroos, which may be crucial to the game’s outcome.
Given their recent form, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount should be a foregone conclusion upfront in the attack. However, Hakim Ziyech may be a viable replacement for the former.
Werner, who scored for the first time in a long time on Saturday, should get the nod as the center-forward as he rides the trust surge.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1):
Mendy; Azpilcueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Werner.
Figures of Interest
Real Madrid and Chelsea will collide for the fourth time in Europe.
They met in the 1971 Cup Winners’ Cup final (1-1 in the First Round, 2-1 to Chelsea in the replay) and the 1998 UEFA Super Cup final (1-1 in the First Round, 2-1 to Chelsea in the reproduction) (1-0 to Chelsea).
Chelsea will play in their eighth UEFA Champions League semi-final, the most of any English club.
At the same time, Real Madrid will compete in their 14th UEFA Champions League semi-final, 2 more than any other player.
In nine of their last 10 UEFA Champions League knockout ties (L1), Real Madrid has claimed the first leg, winning at least 2 goals in 8 of them.
Just 24 managers have managed 15 or more UEFA Champions League knockout matches, including Zinedine Zidane and Thomas Tuchel.
Zidane (along with Luis Enrique) has the joint-best win ratio of these managers (67% P27 W18), while Tuchel is seventh (53% P15 W8).
Ziyech of Chelsea has been personally involved in 6 goals in 7 UEFA Champions League knockout stage games (4 goals, 2 assists), including 2 against Real Madrid for Ajax the 2018/19 Round of 16.
Eden Hazard is a player to watch.
Karim Benzema, Mason Mount, and Casemiro, among others, will all play a critical role in this massive match. However, the focus leading up to the game has been on a specific Eden Hazard, facing off against his former club Chelsea.
The Belgian, a bonafide legend during his time at Stamford Bridge, is revered by Blues fans, and understandably so, after what he accomplished there before completing his dream move to Real Madrid in 2019.
Hazard’s tenure in the Spanish capital, though, has gone awry, as he has spent more time on the bench than on the field in his almost two seasons with the club.
The Belgian wing-wizard will be pumped to face his former employers after regaining his fitness and making his comeback as an alternative in the last game against Real Betis, where he was also impressed.
The 30-year-old is looking forward to a big game.
Chelsea 1-1 Real Madrid
We should rule out a goal-fest on Tuesday night because both Real Madrid and Chelsea have recently been excellent at the back in games.
Given the stakes, both sides are likely to play it safe to avoid giving too much away to their opponents, resulting in a tense match.
Consequently, a draw seems to be the most likely result, while an away goal may be a match for Chelsea.