The Real Madrid is still alive in the Champions League and the dream of going back to a final is at your fingertips. The result of the first leg of the semifinals is not too good, a 1-1 that gives Chelsea a small advantage, but the Whites arrive in London this Tuesday (9pm) with a little more rest … and with their captain, Sergio Ramos, in front.
“Is he captain of the most successful team of the last ten years And it changes a lot, “said Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday, admitting the importance of Ramos’s presence, as if it were El Cid. The camero is not 100%, but Varane’s loss makes his presence capital. And Zidane hinted at his presence in the eleven: “He is with us and that means that he is fine, which is the most important thing, being able to have our leader and captain,” said the coach.
The Frenchman will have to decide if he bets again on a defense with three centrals, a system that did not work well for him in the first leg, or if he bets on his usual 4-3-3. The best news was received by Zidane this Tuesday morning with the negative of Fede Valverde. The Uruguayan will be available in the duel, although his physical condition is unknown.
Also in the morning there was the anecdote of the day. Marcelo went to the polling station and he was able to leave to travel with the team … because a woman offered to remain as a substitute in the Brazilian’s place.
Zinedine Zidane’s lineup is anyone’s guess. Nacho could occupy the side due to the irregular performance of Odriozola, while Mendy is a fixture on the left side of the defense.
Madrid need to balance the fight in the center of the field, which clearly fell from the blue side in the first leg, especially due to physicality. The rest they have had Toni Kroos and Luka Modric they seem fundamental, with Valverde as unknown. It could play at the start or be used as a refreshment when forces falter in the second half.
And above, more unknowns. With Benzema undisputed, no one else is guaranteed the position. Vinícius, Asensio and Hazard The minutes will be distributed, with Rodrygo’s permission. The Belgian will be the great attraction on his return to Stamford Bridge: he has passed from superstar to questioned after two disastrous years in white marked by constant injuries and poor performance on the field.
“We know that it has not been a very comfortable or calm season, we have overcome many injuries, sometimes we have been better, others worse. Now we are in May in two competitions and we want to win them, “said Toni Kroos.
Chelsea, meanwhile, comes with only one casualty, that of former Madrid player Mateo Kovacic, and is confident that his midfield, made up of Jorginho and an exuberant Kanté, will dominate as in the first leg. With Mount, Pulisic and Werner at the top, the London team will not speculate. Tuchel likes offensive football and the game promises to be an exchange of blows: Real Madrid out of necessity and the English out of conviction. The prize for the winner is big: a ticket to the Champions League final from Istanbul.