From the Super League to looking for the Champions League final: Madrid face Chelsea with the focus on the referee

Modric and Casemiro in a training session.

The Real Madrid he is only three games away from being proclaimed European champion. Today, he receives in the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions yet Chelsea Very tough that will calibrate their offensive potential and measure the strength that a white team has left that shows symptoms of being on the edge. Although the match is marked by what happened last week with the failed attempt to mount a Super league.

Although both English and Spanish were part of that attempt, the blues were the first – along with Manchester City– to get off the boat. Meanwhile, the Real Madrid entity maintains its intention to carry out the new competition, which will replace the Champions League, and that has cost it the enmity of Aleksander ceferin, president of UEFA. And suspicions have not been slow to appear. Will it affect the refereeing of the match in anything? “I don’t think so. It depends on the field, not the outside. The referee will do his job, we will try to play football well. If we think that everything that is being said is going to harm us, we annoy her,” he replied. Zidane overwhelming.

“I trust 100% in the referees and in UEFA. They will choose the best for these matches. The referee will try to referee the best match possible. There will be no advantage or disadvantage due to the policies. I cannot imagine anything of that, “said Tuchel, Chelsea manager.

Controversy aside, the Real Madrid faces a major challenge against a team that, since the arrival of the German, has shown an admirable firmness. He did not concede a single goal against Atlético in the round of 16, or against Manchester City in the FA Cup, or against the Liverpool and the Manchester United in the Premier. Its impressive solidity, its defensive wall, will be a great test for the Whites, whose biggest problem is creating chances and, above all, materializing them.

The whites arrive with fewer casualties than against Liverpool, but still with many and important ones. The already known casualties of Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vázquez have been joined by those of Ferland mendy Y Fede Valverde. But there will be Toni Kroos and Zizou will also be able to count on Hazard and Carvajal. A relief for the Gaul.

Despite being both classics of the Champions League in this century, it is the first time that Real Madrid face Chelsea in the highest competition. The European precedents are not at all promising: white defeat in the final of the 1971 Recopa and also English triumph in the 1998 European Super Cup. To reverse the trend, the white club relies on its European mystique, knowing that the European Cup seems right now the great option to win a title after Saturday’s stumble in La Liga in his match against him Betis.

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