Hello there and welcome to our liveblog for Real Madrid vs Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final, a battle between two super clubs who both tried to leave the competition to form a Super League and then didn’t. What a couple of days that was.
The thing is, Real Madrid haven’t pulled out of the Super League yet and their president believes the thing is a matter of when, not if. For that reason, it would be very funny if Real went on to actually win this whole tournament and make Uefa look quite the fools. I thought there were supposed to be sanctions?
We should have an interesting tactical battle on our hands this evening. Zinedine Zidane is very flexible and adapts his team to their opponents, using all number of formations and systems this season alone. Tuchel’s choice of 3-4-3 might make the Real manager switch from a most-used 4-3-3 to something similar to their visitors, with Real playing 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 systems at times over the last year.
Chelsea will have a lot of the ball but may get their best chances from quick counters aimed towards Timo Werner on the left of the attack. There’s not much point trying to win the midfield battle against Kroos, Modric and Casemiro so play will be focused wide, with Kante and Jorginho tasked with winning the ball back and protecting the back three. Alonso and James will be busy on the wings.
We’ll find out more when the team news is announced but I’m predicting a fairly tame, low-scoring match tonight with Chelsea being cautious away from home so they can try and pummel them at Stamford Bridge, even though the absence of fans really gets rid of any sort of home advantage. It makes sense in theory, anyway.
Kick off is 8pm and you can follow all the action right here in this liveblog if you don’t happen to have BT Sport or haven’t figured out to watch it online in other ways that I don’t know about and have never done.