Real Madrid touches what would be his fourth final of the Champions League in the last six years, fifth in the eight most recent. Although the 1-1 recorded in the first leg played at Alfredo Di Stéfano gives Chelsea a certain advantage, Zinedine Zidane’s team always performs at the big events despite being full of tatters. A week ago, the ‘blues’ put him on the ropes for half an hour that exposed the tremendous physical superiority of the British painting over the thirteen times king of Europe, on the verge of exhaustion after a course that is squeezing him harshly. But Benzema’s volley rescued him from the catacombs And, at this point, it is more dangerous than ever.
The company, in any case, will be arduous. To set foot on the Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 29, whites must score at Stamford Bridge, scene in which the Chamartín club will stop for the first time in the 144 years of existence of the venue located southwest of London. They are worth the victory or the draw to more than one goal, but taking into account that it is Real Madrid with less gunpowder in the last twenty years and that a granite team faces opposition, the question is not exactly trivial. Since Thomas Tuchel’s landing, Chelsea have conceded seven goals in 23 games and only West Bromwich was able to pulverize their goal on more than one occasion. They are a real wall that will have to be besieged by land, sea and air to visit the domains of the former Ottoman Empire.
The ‘blues’, who aspire to play the decisive duel for the ‘orejona’ for the third time, arrive in good shape. Seated in fourth place in the Premier, with three points ahead of fifth, they have beaten Fulham in a match that Tuchel took advantage of to give rest to four footballers who are starting out against Real Madrid: Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté and Pulisic . Despite this, Chelsea prevailed comfortably thanks to a double for the German Havertz, who is fighting for a place in the eleven with his compatriot Werner.
Neither the former Bayer Leverkusen nor the former Leipzig striker have offered the performance that was expected when the Roman Abramóvich property paid for them more than half of the 247 million that made him the great agitator of the market last summer, but they are two threats of considerable caliber for Real Madrid together with the talented Mount and the electric Pulisic, author of the visiting target in Valdebebas. Everything points to Tuchel, undefeated in his five meetings with Zidane on the bench, you can count on Rüdiger, who retired from the game with a blow to the face, which would allow him to reissue the defense he had at Di Stéfano.
Another behind of circumstances
Zidane cannot say the same, forced again to shuffle his cards with great care. Varane’s muscle injury further reduces his options. Sergio Ramos and Mendy return to the call, although lacking in rhythm. The captain has not competed since March 31, when his desire to continue pulverizing records with the Spanish team took its toll on him in the form of an injury that caused him to miss the series of momentous matches that Real Madrid had to face in April. The French left-back has not done so since the quarter-turn of the Champions League against Liverpool at Anfield. Under normal conditions they would enter the team gradually, but circumstances conspire against Zidane, a constant this course.
So things, The question is whether Real Madrid will train with four men in the rear or will do so with three center-backs and two lanes.. The second alternative would offer more protection to Sergio Ramos and would allow Militao and Nacho to be kept on the axis, a couple that has shone in the absence of the camero. The first variant would allow the multipurpose Alcalaíno to move to the right lane, where Zidane misses the injured Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez and does not trust Odriozola too much. Marseille also recovers Valverde, who obtained the second negative ‘in extremis’ that allowed him to join the expedition after overcoming the coronavirus. The Uruguayan has missed the last five games but was able to train regularly, although on his own, while he was in quarantine, which opens up space for him to contribute muscle to a midfield that was overwhelmed in Valdebebas, either at the beginning or later in the match. . Upstairs Benzema is fixed and it seems that Hazard too, who returns to the house where he spent seven unforgettable years.
Mendy, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz and Pulisic.
- Real Madrid:
Courtois, Nacho, Militao, Sergio Ramos, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Benzema and Hazard.
Daniele Orsato (Italy).
Movistar Champions League.