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Sport How should Chelsea line up against Real Madrid to advance to Champions League final?

11:30  04 may  2021
11:30  04 may  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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Following a 1-1 result in the first leg, giving us the slim advantage by way of the away goal, Chelsea return home to finish the job against Real Madrid. If we keep a clean sheet, win or draw, we’re in the Champions League final. If we concede, we have to score at least one (which would give us extra time and maybe penalties). If we concede more than one, we have to score one more than we concede.

Thomas Tuchel wearing a helmet © Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

That’s the simple part.

The complicated part is actually doing any of that, though the way Chelsea played in the first leg and the way we’ve managed to play in most of the big games under Tuchel, should give us confidence in doing so.

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We will however still be without Mateo Kovačić, most likely, after he suffered a setback in his hamstring rehab over the weekend. In better news, we should have Antonio Rüdiger available, complete with a “Zorro mask” to protect the facial injury he picked up late in the first leg.

Choose wisely.

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