The Champions League continues tonight with Chelsea and Real Madrid meet again for the second leg clash in London. Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will host Real Madrid for the second leg clash at the Stamford Bridge at 8 PM tonight.
Much has been said about this game and there will be a lot of action from both teams as they all have eyes set on winning the Champions League this season. The winner of this encounter will face Manchester City in the finals later this month.
Before we go into the formation of the game, let’s take a look at a brief analysis of the game.
- Chelsea remain unbeaten against Real Madrid with the blues winning 2 and drawing 2 in their head-to-head ranking
Today’s match will be the second time Chelsea and Real Madrid will be meeting in the Champions League with the first encounter ending 1-1 at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
Real Madrid are yet to win Chelsea in any official match, losing twice and managing to draw one.
Zinedine Zidane has a good champions league history with the Madrid coach never lost a semifinals match in the competition.
Zidane and Tuchel can still win a double this season. Chelsea is in the FA Cup finals and UCL semifinals while Real Madrid is still in the Laliga race and could also win the UCL.
Zinedine Zidane shocked the fans when he decided to switch to a 3-5-2 in order to counter Thomas Tuchel’s formation. Many believed his twisted formation resulted in Madrid’s inability to control the game as the Los Blancos started playing well Zidane changed back to 4-3-3.
It’s still uncertain whether Zidane will try the 3-5-2 again but I strongly believe he will deploy the 4-3-3 in search of a win.
With Eden Hazard fully recovered, the Belgian will start alongside Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema in a three-man attack while the trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro will feed the attackers with chances.
Below is the possible way Real Madrid can line up against Chelsea.
Thibaut Courtois, Ferland Mendy, Nacho Hernandez, Eder Militao, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Vinicius Junior, Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema.
Without Mateo Kovacic injured, Tuchel might consider starting Kante and Jorginho together. In the attack, Thomas Tuchel may consider starting Kai Havertz up front ahead of the misfiring Timo Werner.
Chelsea’s lineup vs Real Madrid:
Edouard Mendy, Caesar Aziplicuelta, Toni Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Benjamin Chilwell, Reece James, Ngolo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz.
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