The 21st different club to reach a UCL final.
Six different English sides have reached a UEFA Champions League final, more than any other nation.
Before facing Man City, Keylor Navas had never played in a match that ended with his team exiting the Champions League.
What a run
The first leg, played last week at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, ended in a 1-1 draw, with Karim Benzema cancelling out Christian Pulisic’s early strike. The result gives Chelsea the edge due to the away goal rule heading into Wednesday’s fixture and a goalless draw will be enough for them to cruise through to the finals. So, the onus will be on Real Madrid to take the game to their hosts and come out on top if they are to stay alive in the competition.
As far as preparations for the heavyweight clash goes, Chelsea warmed up in fine fashion, securing a solid 2-0 win over local rivals Fulham in the Premier League this past weekend. Real Madrid, too, picked up a victory over CA Osasuna by the same scoreline as their midweek opponents while also managing to rest some of their key players ahead of the trip to west London.
The winner will set up a date against either Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain in Istanbul later this month.
Mateo Kovacic is out for the hosts while Mason Mount landed awkwardly in the game against Fulham at the weekend and was substituted but should recover in time along with Antonio Rudiger.
Madrid remain without a number of key players in Rafael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez, although Fede Valverde has travelled following a negative test for coronavirus and Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy could both return.
Chelsea Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
Real Madrid Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Courtois; Nacho, Militao, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Hazard
Chelsea will face Real Madrid for the fifth time in European competition, while they are unbeaten against them in the previous four (W2 D2). This will be the first time across the five meetings that Chelsea have hosted the Spanish side.
Real Madrid are winless in their last four away games against English sides in the UEFA Champions League (D2 L2), scoring only two goals across the four games. Their last such victory was against Liverpool back in October 2014, winning 3-0 in the group stage.
Chelsea have progressed from five of their last seven knockout ties in the UEFA Champions League when avoiding defeat away from home in the first leg. However, one of these two eliminations came in their last semi-final appearance in the competition, versus Atlético de Madrid in 2013-14 (0-0 in first leg, 1-3 in second leg).
Chelsea’s Mason Mount (22y 115d) could become the second-youngest English player to score in a UEFA Champions League semi-final, after Wayne Rooney in 2007 (21y 182d v Milan). The last English player to score for Chelsea in a semi-final in this competition was Frank Lampard in 2008, netting versus Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has scored 71 goals in the UEFA Champions League and could become the outright fourth top scorer in the competition’s history if he scores in this game, overtaking Raúl (71).
Chelsea are aiming to reach their third UEFA Champions League final, which would take them just one behind Manchester United and Liverpool (both four) for most final appearances in the competition by an English team.
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Tonight he returns
How Chelsea start tonight in the semi-finals…
Kai Havertz is rewarded for his two goals against Fulham at the weekend. He replaces the hero of the first leg, Christian Pulisic, who drops to the bench. That’s the only change to the starting XI from last week.
The Real Madrid team for tonight’s decider…
Real Madrid make three changes to the team sent out for the first leg.
Sergio Ramos comes back to take the place of, and the captain’s armband from, Marcelo. One-time Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy step in for injured pair Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane.
OFFICIAL: Eden Hazard starts for Real Madrid against his former club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final.