Chelsea tonight are just three games away from Uefa Champions League final, but standing between them and the final are European Cup masters Real Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea saw off FC Porto 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against Zinedine Zidane’s Real.
While Los Blancos may no longer be the all-conquering side that won three successive Champions Leagues from 2015-2018, the manner with which they dumped out Liverpool in the last eight suggests there is more than enough talent and experience to worry Chelsea – especially in midfield and defence.
Chelsea lifted this trophy for the first and only time back in 2012, and Tuchel’s steely side look like they could go all the way this year – but they will need to take their chances against a Real team who win semi-finals without breaking a sweat.
The match will also see two of the founding members of the European Super League go head to head as proposals for the new competition lie in tatters. Real president Florentino Perez is adamant all 12 clubs remain tied to the Super League, though Roman Abramovich has already publicly apologised for Chelsea’s involvement.
Date, time and venue
Real Madrid vs Chelsea is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, Spain.
Real are playing at their reserve stadium due to renovation works at the Santiago Bernabeu making it impossible to play in there, with Real playing at the Di Stefano since June 2020.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea team news
Mateo Kovacic will miss the first leg for Chelsea due to a thigh injury. Aside from the midfielder, Chelsea have a clean bill of health – though Olivier Giroud may come back into the squad at the expense of Tammy Abraham, who featured off the bench in Saturday’s win at West Ham.
As for Real, Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy missed Saturday’s draw with Betis due to injury, though Eden Hazard could feature against his former club.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea lineups
Real Madrid predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius
Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz