The Real Madrid begins tonight before him Chelsea the path of the end of Champions In Estambul. With the fight for the league title uphill, those of Zidane sThey only have the Champions League left to try to win a title this season. A competition that is very special for Real Madrid where it always grows, but that comes to this duel with a galloping lack of goal, as evidenced by the fact that it has only scored in three of its last four games. And that, against a team like Chelsea, is a serious problem because the team of Tuchel he’s very solid defensively.
To face this first semifinal duel, Zidane recovers Kroos that due to muscular discomfort he has not played the last three Real Madrid games. With the return of the German, the French coach will be able to count again on his starting midfield formed by Modric, Casemiror and own Kroos. A core that has been key in the white titles in recent years and still is today. Those who do not reach this duel are the injured Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vázquez and Mendy and neither Fede Valverde, recovering from the coronavirus.
The doubt in Real Madrid is whether Zidane will bet on Hazard as the owner or reserve it for the second part. The Belgian played just over 20 minutes against Betis and left good feelings, but with his history of injuries, the French coach will have to decide if he is ready to start. What is clear is that this game is special for Hazard as he faces his former team, in which he shone with his own light and from which he arrived at Real Madrid.
If finally Zidane bets on Hazard from the beginning, it will be necessary to see who is the sacrificed, Marco Asensio or Vinicius because Benzema it is fixed whoever plays. Right now, Marco Asensio seems more expendable than Vinicius, but the problem is that the Brazilian should change sides and on the right he has never shone. What does seem clear is the defense where everything indicates that it will be the same that played against Betis with Nacho on the left side.
A very solid Chelsea
The Chelsea, for his part, he is optimistic about returning to a Champions League final nine years later. Chelsea have improved since they arrived Thomas tuchel in January and has gone from being one of the teams with the most goals to keep a clean sheet as usual. In total, 16 times they have left without conceding a goal since the German landed, regardless of who was Edouard mendy or Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.
The scheme with three centrals has made it possible for the team to gain in safety and with a solid midfield and wingers that can help in the creation, it has become a consistent block that is difficult to bend. Just two losses have been added since January. The weak point of the team is up, in the position of 9. Tuchel has not managed to find the key of who has to play as a center forward. Has tried with Olivier giroud, with Tammy Abraham, and the big bet has been a Timo Werner .
Tuchel arrives in Madrid with the only loss of Matthew Kovacic, former Real Madrid player, and who is essential in Chelsea’s midfield. The Croatian has a muscle injury from which he is expected to recover for the return at Stamford Bridge on May 5.