Chelsea will take on Real Madrid today in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at Madrid. Chelsea is in an advantageous position with an away before the start of the second leg.
However, 13 times UEFA Champions League champions are ready to continue their journey to the 14th title. A big boost visitors before the second leg as the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is fit to play against Chelsea. Former Chelsea player Eden Hazard, also included in the squad and Zidane, suggested that he may appear against his former side.
In the pre-match press conference, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said,
“We’ve got our leader and our captain with us. I won’t be taking any risks. Sergio is here with us. That means that he’s ready to play, that’s all it means.”
“We have to play our game, it is a 90-minute game, maybe more. We are well prepared. We are in a CL semi-final, you don’t play them every day. My players are well prepared to perform tomorrow.”
“Tomorrow is a new match, completely different. We need to prepare well physically and it is also about stopping their strengths. They have the quality of course.”
On the other hand, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has warned his team to maintain their concentration throughout the 90 minutes. He said, “We felt we can be stronger [than the first-leg]. The challenge is to keep the intensity going through the whole match.”
“It is a semi-final, the pressure is on, a knockout game so to arrive with a level of belief and confidence is necessary or we will have no chance against a team like Real Madrid.”
“I never felt we had a holy grail to reach the final, or winning the Champions League is the only target. I have a strong feeling that every win counts, the club demands that we win any game, no matter who is on the other side of the pitch.”- he added.
The winner of this match will face Manchester City at Istanbul in the UEFA Champions League final.