Former Barcelona star makes his prediction for Real Madrid vs Chelsea Champions League semi-final clash

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Chelsea and Real Madrid were drawn against each other in the semi-finals of the Champions League, as both teams fight to book a place in the final.

Chelsea defeated Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while Real Madrid defeated Liverpool.

The Spanish giants are the most successful club in the Champions League, having won the tournament 13 times, and are the favourites ahead of their semi final meeting with Chelsea.

Meanwhile, former Barcelona star, Rivaldo has hailed the progress of the Chelsea team, but he believes that the Blues won’t go past the Los Blancos.

“I see Real Madrid as favourite to reach the final because they have a solid and very experienced squad which always tends to play better in these kinds of decisive matches, becoming a specialist in the last decade,” the Barcelona and Brazil legend told Betfair.

“Chelsea also have their strengths and shouldn’t be discounted, but I think Madrid have more experience to claim another Champions League final spot – and they know how to win it.

“All those press critics of Zinedine Zidane that we saw in the middle of the season seem to have vanished after such a great response from the team.

“At the moment Real Madrid is fighting for the La Liga title and also progressing well in the Champions League, counteracting all the comments about a potential loss of faith in Zidane from the club and players.

“The coach and all the squad must be congratulated for their efforts in turning the situation around in such a great fashion.”

Rivaldo also believes that last season’s finalist Paris Saint-Germain will also defeat Manchester City in the other semi-final clash.

Rivaldo added: “For me, these are the two teams in better condition to lift the trophy this season which means we should have a thrilling semi-final with the French team possessing a really threatening attack with Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria.

“Pep Guardiola is desperate to finally win the Champions League with City, but I think it won’t be easy for his team to reach such goals as PSG – as well as the finalist from the other tie should they get past the French outfit – won’t be easy to dominate.”

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