It’s one other Champions League evening in Spain for Chelsea tomorrow evening, and the nerves will probably be setting in massive time now.
The Blues will leap on a jet on Tuesday to go to Madrid and prepare to stroll out into the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with the well-known UCL music taking part in in entrance of 1000’s of unstable Actual Madrid followers!
Actual Madrid are at the moment second in La Liga on 59 factors, chasing Barcelona on 72 factors. They’ve Atletico Madrid respiratory down their necks preventing for second, and Actual Madrid truly misplaced their final recreation within the league, taking place 3-2 to Villarreal.
Nonetheless, within the two video games earlier than that, they scored a large 10 targets, thrashing Barcelona 4-0 within the Copa del Rey semi-final.
You don’t want me to let you know how harmful this staff are and the way extremely robust this recreation goes to be over the 2 legs. Chelsea are large underdogs on this tie. However we’ve been right here earlier than, and as everyone knows, we’ve gained this competitors twice now towards all the percentages.
As underdogs we are inclined to honest higher with out the strain, and as we’ve seen in the previous couple of seasons, it doesn’t matter what our league kind is, we frequently handle to show up for the European video games.
It will have been a lot better going into this if Frank Lampard had bought a win in his first recreation on Saturday, however he additionally solely had two coaching classes together with his new squad. Issues will probably be just a little clearer now and I believe he may swap the formation again to a 3 on the again.
Chelsea even have the benefit of taking part in away first and having the ability to return to Stamford Bridge for the second leg. If we will get a decent lead to Madrid, then we’ve each probability of going by again at The Bridge on a UCL evening, when it actually does come alive there.
I believe we are going to see one thing like this tomorrow evening:
That is most likely precisely what I might go along with. I believe we have to pack the midfield and use wingbacks – this provides us a risk on the counter in addition to stabilising our defence.
Sadly I don’t count on Thiago Silva to start out the sport as he solely returned to full coaching on Monday. Mason Mount continues to be going to be a slight doubt regardless of coaching once more yesterday, however hopefully he ought to not less than be positive to start out on the bench. And I believe taking part in a entrance two of Raheem Sterling and Joao Felix while lacks peak, does give us our greatest risk. The crosses from James and Chilwell will should be pushed and low.
Marc Cucurella considerations me, however he has carried out a lot better in a again three so I believe he could be positive there.
I do assume that Lampard will most likely begin with Havertz although over Sterling, however my lineup is extra in hope relatively than predicted.