This fixture is nicely poised after both teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Madrid Chelsea opened the scoring through Christian Pulisic but got pegged back by Karim Benzema's spectacular half volley. Thomas Tuchel’s men can be proud of their performance in the first leg especially their ability to dominate the ball and maintain their defensive structure. He will be hoping for more of the same as the Blues look to defy the odds and make it through to the Champions League final for the first time since 2012 when they won it on penalties. The Chelsea players will also have been left to rue a number of missed chances in that first leg as the chance to put the game out of sight was presented to them on a number of occasions but poor finishing means they will need to atleast avoid defeat in this second leg to stand a good chance of progressing to the finals.
Real Madrid, the team who have won this competition more than any other team in history come into this realizing their only chance for silverware could potentially lie in the UEFA Champions League this season. While Zinedine Zidane’s men are still in the hunt for the La Liga title, Los Blancos do not have it in their hands and will have to depend on results elsewhere to fall in their favor whereas the Champions League offers them the chance to play to win and this game against Chelsea is a must win. The 1-1 draw in the first leg was quite disappointing considering how good they had been in the previous round against Liverpool and their performance must improve if they are to overcome a resilient Chelsea side. Zidane will hope to have a few of his injured players back and the team selection will go a long way in determining what to expect on the day. The form of striker Karim Benzema has been influential in powering them through the latter stages of the season and the French striker will be hoping to add to his tally this season and fire Real Madrid into the champions league final.
Thomas Tuchel has a healthy squad to call upon going into this second leg and it remains to be seen who he selects to form his attacking trio. Kai Havertz was exceptional at the weekend and will be gutted to miss out but Christian Pulisic who scored in the first leg could return to the starting XI.
Real Madrid boss Zidane has a few injury worries going into this one. Left back and right back Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal are major doubts and defender Sergio Ramos will also be unavailable for this one. However, Eden Hazard should be fit to play from the start which should be a boost for the Los Blancos.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Mendy, Christensen, Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Werner, Pulisic.
Predicted Real XI: Courtois, Odriozola, Varane, Militao, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Hazard, Vinicius, Benzema.
Chelsea were very impressive in the first leg but an inexperienced and naive finishing at this stage cost them and could really be their downfall. Real Madrid have a host of experience at this level and should just about find their way through to the final.