Chelsea has improved with its new coach, Thomas Tuchel, who is just around the corner from occupying a qualifying position in the Champions League, without neglecting the possibility of his being crowned in the FA Cup and the “Champions League”.
An integrated system based on defense provided by Tuchel, accompanied by the Blues, achieved 17 clean sheets from 23 matches, and Karim Benzema’s goal in the first leg was the only goal the team had met in the last five matches in all competitions. Looking at the first leg, defense may be the best way to attack in today’s match, especially since a goalless draw will make Chelsea qualify for the final.
Statistics suggest Chelsea’s qualification at the expense of the royal team, as the Blues advanced to the next round in five of the last seven times in which they avoided defeat in the Champions League away away game, and Atletico Madrid was the last to break the “rule” by eliminating Chelsea in the 2013-2014 season, which makes Real Madrid He wishes himself to follow in the footsteps of his local neighbor this week.
Zidane knows very well the success in the Champions League, where he previously won the championship with the Spanish team in three consecutive years. Amid intense speculation about his future at the Bernabéu, Zidane finds himself forced to return the championship to the “Merengue” coffers.
The team is in good shape at the domestic level, as they are two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. In light of the latter’s confrontation with Barcelona on Saturday night, this week may be “ideal” for the Merengue, as it may testify to his accession to the top of the Spanish League in addition to reaching the Champions League final.
Chelsea have kept 17 clean sheets out of 23 games they played recently
Chelsea is expected to dispense with Matteo Kovacic after suffering a small thigh setback, but Mason Mount is likely to be ready despite his injury against Fulham. Coach Tuchel expressed his optimism about the return of German defender Antonio Rudiger after suffering a slight injury in the first leg, which makes him likely to participate at the expense of Frenchman Kurt Zuma.
On the other hand, veteran Spanish defender Sergio Ramos will return at the appropriate time, restoring balance to the defense of the team that broke through on more than one occasion in the first leg. The absence of Dani Carvajal could force Zidane to join Alvaro Odriozola, especially if Nacho Fernandez has to fill in the center back position.
Today’s match is difficult for both parties, especially after the first leg was settled. Zidane, with his European experience, will try to stop the Chelsea train, but it will not be easy for Tuchel, who in turn aspires to reach the final of the championship for a second time in a row after reaching this stage with Paris Saint-Germain. Only the details will be the one who will tip the balance in favor of another, pending a tactical “war” between the trainers.
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