The clash between Real Madrid and Chelsea will see a Los Blancos side with a squad that have vast experience in these stages of the UCL come up against a squad with relatively no experience in this stage of the competition in the Blues.
The Blues may have the advantage after the 1 all draw away at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium but every well-versed follower of the UEFA Champions League knows that the tie is far from over.
The new-look Chelsea side who saw some new additions in the summer were whitewashed 7:1 by Bayern Munich in last season’s UCL round of 16 under former manager Frank Lampard but have improved since then.
They are currently managed by Thomas Tuchel and have done well in the competition but must now beat an experienced Zinedine Zidane-led side and eliminate them from the competition if they want to progress to the final.
Despite the Blues’ away advantage, the fact that Zidane and his Madrid side have won this competition thrice in recent years will be a major factor and puts Los Blancos in good stead to navigate themselves to the final with regards to the experience they’ve garnered.
The return of Sergio Ramos, and the availability of Eden Hazard further complicates things for the Blues.
The Belgian will be in better physical condition than he was in the first leg and if he is on his elements on the night, the Blues will have the major threat of their former talisman to contend with. However, the Blues have no choice but to prove that they’ve matured under Thomas Tuchel.
This is where the genius of Thomas Tuchel will come in. The Blues are a very young side in comparison to what Real Madrid have in their ranks with regards to experience and we can’t wait to see how they navigate this tie against a Real Madrid side who’d be keen to announce themselves as Europe’s elite club.
The Blues will have to prove that they’ve come of age despite how they’ve fared in recent seasons. If they can eventually eliminate Real Madrid at this stage of the competition, then they’ve come of age and should not be taken lightly.
Eyes will be on who’ll have the final laugh between Chelsea and The Real Madrid duo of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois; It can be recalled that the latter didn’t leave the club on the best of terms.
What has Thomas Tuchel been cooking since the first leg encounter? What does Zinedine Zidane have within his sleeves and waiting to be unleashed against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge? We’ll see tonight.