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From one challenging test to another, Chelsea have gone on to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, and the Blues have lost only one game leading up to the semi-final.
Thomas Tuchel’s side now face a daunting task against Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Blues boss has a good history against Zinedine Zidane’s side, and it’s expected that his team will be solid tonight.
Former Chelsea forward Chris Sutton has advised that the player to watch out for is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. According to Sutton, if the Blues defence can keep him out, they will have a favourable scoreline.
“The way Tuchel’s Chelsea knock out Zidane’s Real is by frustrating them, by being patient and pouncing,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.
“After finishing the job against Porto in their quarter-final second leg, Tuchel said: ‘Part of a performance is to not let the other (team) perform and we did this.’
“He takes pride in that. Tuchel immediately introduced a back-three after taking over from Frank Lampard and he always uses two sitting midfielders.
“With that base, and Thiago Silva in defence, they know how to stop opponents finding a breakthrough.
“Karim Benzema is the big threat. He’s Real’s top scorer on 27 goals — the next nearest is on six.
“Stop him and Chelsea might be in a healthy position heading into the return leg at Stamford Bridge.”