Chelsea will be looking to progress to the final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2012 when they lock horns with Real Madrid in the second-leg of their semi-final clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
The Blues, who defeated west London rivals Fulham 2-0 on Saturday evening, will welcome the Spanish heavyweights to the Bridge with the tie evenly balanced at 1-1 following last week’s first-leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium.
Christian Pulisic netted an all-important away-goal for the Blues, who knocked Real’s cross-city rivals Atletico out of the competition at the last-16 stage, before Karim Benzema netted a stunning equaliser for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
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That means that it is all to play for this evening, although Chelsea know a clean-sheet would be enough to see them progress to the final later this month.
However, whilst Chelsea may have been in formidable form since Thomas Tuchel took charge towards the end of January, losing just two of his first 23 games in charge, a clash with Madrid at the semi-final stage of this competition is no easy challenge to overcome.
Fortunately, the German has an array of players within his armoury that will fancy their chances of being able to stifle the Spanish giants at one end of the pitch and make them pay at the other.
That is because the Blues are blessed with a defensive-line that has been transformed under Tuchel, rarely conceding goals, whilst at the other end of the pitch they have the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Pulisic who are all capable of causing damage.
Last week, Pulisic proved that he has the ability to cause problems, running in behind the Madrid defence and running them ragged.
Whilst it is highly likely he will start on Wednesday evening, Havertz will fancy…