The Champions League returns for the semi-final stages with Chelsea, Paris, Real Madrid and Manchester City still remaining in the competition. Real Madrid take on Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.
Real Madrid eliminated Liverpool in the quarter finals and emerged 3-1 winners over the two legs. Chelsea, on the other hand eliminated FC Porto 2-1 in aggregate and qualified for their first semi-finals since 2014.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea – PREVIEW
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 3 matches and have been in good form ever since Tuchel’s introduction. Thomas Tuchel looks to have found a well working formula for most of his players and his team have delivered the necessary results on the pitch. Chelsea defeated West Ham 1-0 in their last match and gave themselves some breathing room in the Top-4 race in the Premier League.
Real Madrid have hit a bump of sorts in their last 3 La Liga games. 2 goalless draws against Real Betis and Getafe have left them some way off Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the Spanish league title. Real are into the semi-finals for the first time since 2018-19 when they won the competition last time under Zinedine Zidane.
TEAM NEWS and Predicted Lineups
Chelsea have one notable absentee for the first-leg as Matteo Kovacic misses his reunion with Real due to an injury. The others are all fit to play against Real and Eduard Mendy is expected to start in goal.
Real Madrid, however have a number of key players out injured for the first leg. The absentee list includes the likes of Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy and Federico Valverde. Los Blancos fans will be relieved to see the return of Eden Hazard who has returned just in time to face his former club.
PREDICTED LINEUP – CHELSEA
Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva
Reece James, N’golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell
Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner
Dani Carvajal, Eder Militão, Raphael Varane, Nacho,
Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos
Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
WHERE TO WATCH – The match will be telecasted live on the Sony Ten Network and on the Sony Liv app. The match starts at 12.30 A.M IST on 28th April.
This will be the fourth European meeting between Chelsea and Real Madrid – they faced in the 1971 Cup Winners’ Cup final (1-1 first game, 2-1 to Chelsea in replay) and the 1998 UEFA Super Cup final (1-0 to Chelsea).