Real Madrid are the undisputed Kings of Europe. They’ve won the Champions League 13 times, at least 6 times more than the next Club. Madrid have beaten almost every club in Europe and are the only club to have won the UCL back to back. But when they face Chelsea tonight for the first time in 23 years, they’ll be facing a Club they’ve never beaten before.
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Before their Champions League semi-final clash tonight, Chelsea and Real Madrid have only ever met 3 times before. They faced off in two UEFA finals both of which Chelsea won which is the reason they’re unbeaten against Madrid.
Chelsea beat Los Blancos in the two legged 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup final in Piraeus. The first leg was a 1-1 draw but a 2-1 win over Madrid 2 days later gave Chelsea their first European trophy.
Their last meeting was the 1998 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco, which Chelsea won thanks to a Gust Poyet goal seven minutes from time.
Karim Benzema and Timo Werner have been the main men for both their sides lately. While Benzema has been one of the few shining lights for an injury-ravished Madrid side, Werner is finally showing signs of promise. Werner provided the assist for Hakim Ziyech’s winner in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over City in the FA Cup semi-final. He then scored the only goal in their important 1-0 victory over West Ham last weekend. Benzema’s 27 goals this season meanwhile is the reason Madrid are still fighting to win La Liga and UCL in a topsy turvy season.
This is Real Madrid’s 14th appearance in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, a record in the competition. Madrid have also won 6 of their last 8 UCL matches, drawing 1 and losing the other. This is Chelsea’s 8th Champions League semi-final appearance, a record for English clubs. The blues have also won 6 of their last 8 UCL matches losing, drawing 1 and losing the other.
Tonight’s game sees the reunion of Eden Hazard with Chelsea, the club with which he spent 7 successful years. Hazard will however be keen to make a good impression following his return from one of the many injuries that has hampered his Madrid career. Other players such as Thibaut Courtois, Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Alonso will also be facing their former clubs.
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