Within the first 14 minutes, Christian Pulisic had broken the deadlock at the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium before Madrid stalwart Karim Benzema equalized.
Timo Werner will hope that his team’s epic first-half miss in Madrid does not come back to haunt them as they attempt their first Champions League final since 2011/12 at Stamford Bridge.
However, Thomas Tuchel’s lightning-quick attacking line demonstrated that they have what it takes to beat Zinedine Zidane’s aging side, though more clinical finishing would be required this time.
Chelsea will look to even up their record at this level of major European competitions after qualifying for their 14th UEFA semi-final (W6, L7).
However, the Blues have only won three of their last nine European matches at Stamford Bridge (D4, L2), with a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals ending Chelsea’s streak of five consecutive European home matches against Spanish opponents (D3, L2).
That win in London is one of the Premier League giants’ three victories in their last seven home knockout matches against Spanish clubs (D3, L2).
In addition, Chelsea’s record in two-legged knockout ties against La Liga opponents has improved marg inally to W5, L7, thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory over Real’s cross-town rivals.
On the plus hand, new Pensioners manager Tuchel has never lost a match against a Spanish team in his managerial career (W3, D4).
Real Madrid Preview
Los Blancos have advanced to the Champions League semi-finals for the record-breaking 14th time, having won their last three matches.
However, in seven of the nine Champions League ties in which they drew the first leg at home. The reigning La Liga champions and 13-time Champions League winners have been eliminated.
Zidane’s side has lost two of their last three Champions League trips to England. With a dull draw with Liverpool in the quarter-finals this season serving as the lone exception. Check the predicted lineups
Madrid (L1) has won four of their last five two-legged ties against Premier League clubs (W9, L5). Also, bringing their total record against Premier League clubs to W9, L5.
Los Merengues have gone nine games without losing on the road in all competitions (W6, D3). Holding a clean sheet in each of their last three competitive road trips.
Out: Mateo Kovacic.
Out: Lucas Vazquez, Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane.
Doubts: Federico Valverde, Ferland Mendy.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen; Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Nacho, Casemiro, Eder Militao, Alvaro Odriozola; Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco; Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema.