Chelsea will face Real Madrid tonight in their first leg match of the UEFA Champions League Semi Final in Spain.
Real Madrid have been on a 17-game unbeaten run, during which no team has managed to score more than once against them, and the Betis draw ended a home run of five consecutive wins. Also worth noting is that Los Blancos have conceded just twice in their last five Champions League games and have won nine of their last ten UCL knockout matches which is an outstanding record that might put Chelsea champions league hope for proceeding to the finals astray.
Furthermore, the La Liga giants have conceded just two goals in their last five Champions League matches and have won nine of their last 10 knockout ties in the tournament, but Chelsea are daring to dream under Thomas Tuchel and should not be short of confidence on the plane to Spain.
However Chelsea Head Coach, Thomas Tuchel had sat a record since arriving at Stamford Bridge. He has been exemplary, with the only two blemishes being a couple of home defeats early in his tenure, but most spectacular of all has been their away form, with no defeats in his first ten road trips – eight of them victories. So, an away trip to Madrid, especially one that is not taking place at foreign ground holds no fears for the Blues.
Despite Real Madrid enjoying a spate of clean sheets recently, Chelsea have also recorded three shut-outs in a row before their journey to the Spanish capital, and they have only conceded three goals in the 2020-21 Champions League so far.
Chelsea are appearing in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 – when they were dumped out by Atletico Madrid – and the most recent time before that was their triumphant run in the 2011-12 edition where they won the Champions league.
Both clubs are still reeling from the implications of their respective roles in the failed European Super League, for 90 minutes at least it will be their actions on the pitch that dictates their short-term futures. Tuchel’s knack of making Chelsea hard to beat will come to the fore tonight as Real Madrid boast on a long unbeaten run.