There is a saying that past glory is not reliable since new things come to light daily, growth experiences, the acquisition of new skills, and so on and forth, that changes can be observed in the Real Madrid squad ahead of the quarterfinals of the 2021/2022 season UEFA Champions League.
A year ago, the two were drawn in the semifinals of the Champions League which Chelsea won on 3-1 aggregates to proceed to the finals and won. ‘The Blues’ were able to match ‘the Los Blancos’ to 1-1 draw in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu and won the return leg at Stamford Bridge by 2-0. And in this season, the legs are in vice versa, Chelsea playing the first leg at home and the return leg on Madrid soil. Fought for a draw from away and caved Real Madrid at home something of sorts is likely to happen this season to Chelsea.
Comparison between the two clubs this season
1. Journey in the Champions League
Real Madrid was drawn in Group D with Inter Milan, Sheriff Tiraspol, and Shakhtar Donetsk which they topped with 5-wins scoring 14-goals and conceding 3. Drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 1/8 and won 3-2 on aggregates.
Chelsea placed ‘2nd’ behind Juventus and above Zenit St.Petersburg and Malmo FF in Group H where they picked 4-wins and a draw registering 13-goals of which 4 were conceded. Later drawn against Lille in the round 1/8th and won 4-1 on aggregates.
2. In the domestic league
Real Madrid are comfortably leading the Spanish La Liga with 12-points in the gap, 21-recorded wins, 6-draws, and 3-loss ahead of this encounter. Chelsea, on the other hand, sits in the 3rd spot in the EPL with 17-recorded wins, 8-draws, and 4-losses.
3. Top Players
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior have been Real Madrid revelations this season having been directly involved in 55-goals out of 69-goals scored in La Liga and the Champions League, 15-goals between them so far.
With Chelsea Mason Mount and Reece James have their best stars this season contributing half of Premier League goals-58 and in the Champions League Timo Werner and Jorginho with combined goals of 7 so far.
Why Real Madrid will win
Based on the above stats, Real Madrid are in better shape than Chelsea, and playing from away in the first leg, there is an advantage since the outcome will influence their playing style in the return leg just like against PSG.
For Chelsea to beat these stats, winning to nil by not less than two goals can be a huge advantage going forward.
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