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Chelsea vs Real Madrid
When: Wednesday, May 5 – 20:00 GMT
Where: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Weather: Showers, 8°C
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
After a 1-1 draw in Spain, the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Real Madrid is taking place in London. Thanks to the away goal rule, the hosts now have an advantage.
What this means for Real Madrid is that scoring at least a goal is a must if they wish to enter the finals of the most prestigious club competition in the world.
The problem with that is that the London Blues have been fantastic in the back lately, conceding only one goal in their last five games across all competitions. The goal in question is the one Real Madrid scored two weeks ago.
Tuchel Leading Chelsea to Glory
Appointing Thomas Tuchel as the manager has already proved as a very smart decision by the Chelsea board of directors. Since his arrival, Chelsea looked ruthless in all competitions they took a part in.
About three weeks ago, they beat Manchester City in the semifinal of the English FA Cup. In the Premier League, they’re currently fourth, with a decent chance of rising at least one spot up by the end of the season.
What’s more, they also have a good chance of winning the Champions League. If they get a ticket to Istanbul, they’re going to face Manchester City in the final – a team they seem to know how to beat.
Still, before they start thinking about Manchester City, Chelsea first need to qualify for the finals by finishing the job with Real Madrid. Considering that they hold a 1-1 score from Madrid, Chelsea just need to keep Real Madrid’s players at bay tonight.
Getting a clean sheet would mean getting to the final of the Champions League. The problem with that plan is that the Los Blancos are one of the most lethal teams on the planet.
Real Madrid Need to Go All-In
Losing the game would mean the end of the Champions League journey for Real Madrid. Playing 0-0 would result in the same, while a 1-1 draw would take the game to extra time.
Winning or getting a draw with two or more goals in Chelsea’s net would secure Real Madrid a ticket for the finals. What this means is that finding the net is the top priority for the Spanish outfit.
In other words, they need to score as many goals as they possibly can. The good news is that they definitely have the manpower to do that.
Karim Benzema‘s been their best attacker this season, with 21 goals in La Liga and 6 in the Champions League. Although he’s been most productive in the offense, Real Madrid have 15 other players who have scored at least a goal in either La Liga or the Champions League.
One of those is their captain Sergio Ramos, who’s finally back. One of the highest-scoring defenders in the history of the game had been struggling with injuries throughout this season but it seems he’s now ready to help his team grab plane tickets for Istanbul.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Betting Picks
The stake is high so both teams will want to give their utmost in tonight’s game. For Real Madrid, scoring goal(s) is a must.
If Real Madrid manage to execute their plan, Chelsea will have to go for a goal as well. This all means that it’s very likely we’ll see plenty of goals tonight, on both ends.
Prediction: Both Teams to Score