Chelsea v Real Madrid : UEFA Champions League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 04-05-2021 10:20 pm (1 week ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date: Wednesday 5th, May, 2021
Time: 8:00pm
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Goal Scorer:

Team News

Chelsea
Chelsea will make do without former Blancos midfielder Mateo Kovacic after he suffered a small setback in his recovery from a thigh issue, but Mason Mount is expected to be fit despite a scare against Fulham.

Tuchel is also optimistic that Antonio Rudiger will make the cut after he sustained a minor head injury in the first leg, and the German's return could see Kurt Zouma drop out of the back three.

Cesar Azpilicueta was given the day off against Fulham so should displace Reece James at right-wing back, while surprise starter Billy Gilmour will occupy a spot on the bench as Jorginho and N'Golo Kante return to the engine room.

Pulisic and Mount will once again link up in the final third, while Tuchel has a big decision to make when it comes to who will spearhead the attack, and Havertz may edge out Werner after his man-of-the-match display at the weekend.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Silva, Rudiger, Christensen; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
Chelsea Champions League form: DWWWLD
Chelsea form (all competitions): LWDWDW

Real Madrid
Real Madrid were expected to welcome 100-goal captain Ramos back to the fold for the visit of Osasuna, but the 35-year-old's calf problem prevented him from earning some valuable minutes, although Los Blancos remain optimistic over his fitness for the second leg.

Ramos would make a very timely return to the fold if he is passed fit as Varane was hooked at half time at the weekend, and the Frenchman has now been ruled out with an abductor issue.

Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez's absences may force Zidane to field Alvaro Odriozola from the off, especially if Nacho Fernandez has to fill in at centre-back, but Marcelo being called up for polling duty should not impact his availability for the second leg.

Should Marcelo be cutting it too close, Zidane will hope that Ferland Mendy shakes off a calf problem in time to start on the left, and midfielder Federico Valverde is in the squad after recovering from coronavirus.

Eden Hazard failed to influence the game from the start against Osasuna so may not start upon his return to Stamford Bridge, but Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will both return after being rested at the weekend.

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Real Madrid Champions League form: WWWWDD
Real Madrid form (all competitions): DDWDDW

Head To Head
Wednesday's second leg represents the fifth meeting between Real Madrid and Chelsea in Europe, with the Blues unbeaten in their previous four against the 13-time European champions.

Chelsea have never welcomed Los Blancos to Stamford Bridge before, as their three meetings with the Spanish side before this season came in the 1998 UEFA Super Cup final and the two-legged final of the 1971 Cup Winners' Cup, both of which the Blues won.

Benzema's goal in the first leg saw him go level with Raul in the all-time Champions League top goalscorer charts, and a 72nd European strike this week would see him become the outright fourth highest scorer in the tournament's history.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Real Madrid


Posted: at 4-05-2021 10:20 PM (1 week ago) | Hero
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