Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Since European Super League is cancelled for now, all eyes will be on Alfredo di Stefano Stadium when Real Madrid and Chelsea go head to head in the Champions League semis, first leg. Los Blancos faced no difficulties in the double-header against Liverpool, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Tuesday’s football match as the Blues have been impressive under Thomas Tuchel. Lucas Vazques remains on the sidelined with injury, Federico Valverde has been tested positive for coronavirus, while all Ferland Mendy, Toni Kroos, and Sergio Ramos are rated doubtful for the match.
The Blues, on the other hand, booked their place in the Champions League semis by beating Porto 2-1 on agg. Thomas Tuchel’s men did well to eliminate Atletico Madrid earlier in the process, and they are surely capable of matching Zinedine Zidane’s troops behind closed doors. Since Mateo Kovacic is the only absentee in the away side, the visitors are likely to grab something from the first leg.
Highlighted Player (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in world football. The Croatian ace is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth school and it has to be noted that he played 94 league games for the Modri between 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £16.5 million.
Luka made his Tottenham debut on 16 August, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. The Croatian star scored only 13 goals in 127 league appearances for the Spurs, but he is well known for his brilliant passing. In 2012 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million and he made his debut against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, return leg.
Modric quickly established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, he helped the capital club win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016). You should bear in mind that he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.