Spanish Giants and serial Champions League winners, Real Madrid will be facing Chelsea in the semifinal stage of the competition with the Blues having won the competition just once.
Real Madrid had to beat English Champions Liverpool en-route to the Semis, while Chelsea swept aside Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane knows the competition very well having won the biggest trophy in club football 3 times for the La Liga giants.
Despite this burgeoning record, there are facts which hands Chelsea a mouth-watering final spot ahead of their Spanish competitor:
The Blues Have A Better H2H Record:
In all the three times the duo have met in Europe, Chelsea have remained unbeaten against the La Liga champions. The two clubs first faced each other in the final of the now defunct European Cup Winners Cup. The teams have met in only three previous fixtures – in two UEFA finals which were both won by Chelsea, who are therefore unbeaten against Madrid.
The Spanish Slayer:
The Blues have now been victorious in their last three games against Spanish clubs and have not conceded in the last four. Last season’s home loss to Valencia was one of only four defeats in the Blues’ last 28 matches against Spanish opponents overall (W10 D14). The win at Sevilla in this season’s group stage made it one defeat in their last 13 matches against Liga clubs in Spain (W4 D8). This season’s seven victories have made it ten wins in Chelsea’s last 17 UEFA Champions League matches (D4 L3).
Thomas Tuchel Impact:
Tuchel is unbeaten as a head coach against Spanish clubs (W3 D3). This gives the Blues an added advantage against the Spanish giants. With Tuchel in the mix Chelsea are a better team eager to make an impression on the pitch. Real Madrid should be worried about what is coming.
Written By: Adeluola Samson
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