Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel and Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane will be battling tonight to join Pep Guardiola in this season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Both managers still have a realistic chance of making it to the Istanbul final though Chelsea enjoy a slight edge having secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg semi-final away tie in Spain.
Christian Pulisic got the vital away goal for Chelsea in the first leg while Karim Benzema got the lifeline for Real Madrid going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have never welcomed Los Blancos to Stamford Bridge before, as their three meetings with the Spanish side before this season came in the 1998 UEFA Super Cup final and the two-legged final of the 1971 Cup Winners’ Cup, both of which the Blues won.
However, while Tuchel is a novice as far Champions League silverware is concerned, Zidane is respected for his achievements both as a player and coach in this competition.
A keenly-contested tie is expected in London tonight between these two hard-fighting teams.
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Kickoff is 8.00 pm
Chelsea XI: (4-3-3) Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Werner, Mount; Havertz
Chelsea subs: Kepa, Caballero, Alonso, Abraham, Pulisic, Zouma, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, James, Emerson
Real Madrid XI: (4-3-3) Courtois; Nacho, Ramos, Militao, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Vinicius, Benzema, Hazar
Real Madrid subs: Lunin, Altube, Asensio, Marcelo, Valverde, Odriozola, Isco, Mariano Diaz, Rodrygo, Arribas, Blanco, Gutierrez
The game is officially underway at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea dictating the early proceedings
Timo Werner flagged for offside
Free kick for Real Madrid but well taken care of by Chelsea defenders
Havertz with a rash challenge on Nacho
Timo Werner tries to drive into the Real Madrid box but he was well checkmated by Ramos
Toni Kroos tries a shot from distance but it sails into the waiting hands of Mendy
Courtois with two crucial saves for Real Madrid
Chilwell wins a free kick for Chelsea
Yellow card for Jorginho
An infringement spotted and Real Madrid win a free kick in their box six
Modric with a tame effort for Real Madrid but no hassle for Mendy
Chelsea get the ball in the net but Timo Werner flagged offside that could have been the opening goal
21 minutes gone.. Chelsea 0-0 Real Madrid
This is Real Madrid’s first visit to Stamford Bridge, they haven’t done badly so far
Karim Benzema forces a safe from Mendy.. Big chance for Real Madrid
Goal!! Timo Werner gives Chelsea the lead
Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid
Chelsea looking for more and a good move just halted
Another chance for Real Madrid but Mendy with another great save
Ramon gets a Yellow card for dissent
Real Madrid bossing the ball possession so far with 66% compared to Chelsea’s 34%
Chelsea’s Andres Christensen gets a Yellow card for a rough challenge
Mendy with a quick clearance for Chelsea
Eden Hazard appears lost in this game.. one would think the Belgian knows the turf better and would be of help to Real Madrid tonight
Half Time : Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid
We are back for the second half. Chelsea with the restart
Chelsea start on a bright note and the Blues almost got a second goal there
Vinicus brings down Chilwell and Chelsea get a free kick in a decent position
Thiago Silva got his head to the ball but his effort sails over the bar
Big chance for Chelsea but Mason Mount sees his effort go over the bar
55 minutes gone.. Still Chelsea 1 – 0 Real Madrid
Havertz gets a chance there to double Chelsea’s lead… Courtois makes a decent save
Six minutes gone now.. Still Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid
Nacho gets a Yellow card
Valverde in for Vinicus and Asensio in for Mendy
Big save by Courtois off a low effort from Kante
Chelsea creating the chances but not taking them
Tuchel brings in Pulisic for Timo Werner
Pulisic scored in the first leg can he do like Riyad Mahrez for Chelsea?
Yellow card for Toni Kroos for a rash tackle on Pulisic
Pulisic causing the Real Madrid defense some headache
Thiago Silva’s header glances across the face of goal
As it stands another all-English Champions League final is loading
75 minutes gone.. Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid
Casemrio taken off for Rodrygo
Asensio gifts Chelsea a free kick
Pulisic with a shot but it is off the target
Goal.. Chelsea make it 2-0
Mason Mount with the all important goal for Chelsea
Kante and Pulisic with a hand in that goal
Hazard finally taken off after a poor show all night
Yellow card for Valverde
Tuchel led PSG to the final last season he is minutes away from doing that with Chelsea
Four minutes added time
Giroud in for Havertz
Full Time : Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid
Celebration for Chelsea players.. anguish for Real Madrid stars
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