Real Madrid vs Chelsea UEFA League Live Football Match Score 27 April 2021
Real Madrid vs Chelsea live score: Match details
Match: Real Madrid vs Chelsea
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: April 27, 2021
Kick-off time: 10:00 pm, April 27, 2021 (UK time)
Stadium: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium
This has not been a particularly impressive season for Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane’s men have rarely produced sparkling play, they have found precious few goalscoring alternatives to Karim Benzema, and an endless list of injuries has further hampered their efforts to deliver flowing football.
Yet, with a month of the season remaining, here they are, firmly in contention for both La Liga and the Champions League.
Heading into Tuesday’s semi-final first leg against Chelsea, BBC Sport examines how they’ve done it.
Midfield masters still supreme
By far the greatest strength of this Real Madrid team is the tried and trusted midfield of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
The timeless trio are all having fantastic seasons, and they have largely avoided the injury problems that have plagued the rest of the squad – although Kroos is carrying a thigh injury which forced him to pull out of Germany’s recent internationals and miss Real’s last three games.
Casemiro (279 appearances for Real), Kroos (317) and Modric (385) are now approaching a combined total of 1,000 appearances for the club, the majority of which have been spent alongside each other in the centre of the field.
They have survived together at such a high level for so long partly because of their individual talents, but also because their different abilities blend together to form a peerless partnership.
Casemiro’s aggressive athleticism, Kroos’ pinpoint passing and Modric’s clever creativity allow them to complement each other perfectly, with those attributes reflected in the data: in La Liga this season, Casemiro ranks second in interceptions and fourth in tackles won, Kroos leads the league in passes into the final third, and Modric ranks fourth in passes into the penalty area.
They also pose a scoring threat, with Casemiro’s aerial prowess from set-pieces together with Kroos and Modric’s ability to strike from the edge of the box providing 13 goals in all competitions this season.
Even now, nearly seven years after they first teamed up, there is still no better midfield in the world than Real’s trio.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane said: “He’s fine. He was very comfortable when he played the other day and that was the most important thing – he didn’t feel any pain. He’s ready to go now. We’re happy he’s available because he’s going to bring a lot to the team.” Both managers say their teams deserve to be in the last four of the Champions League despite signing up to a European Super League that threatened big Uefa sanctions. Chelsea have since pulled out of the competition.
With the farcical fallout of the doomed European Super League still playing on their minds, Real Madrid and Chelsea gear up for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final showdown at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Tuesday night. Los Blancos booked their spot in the final four courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate victory over Liverpool in the quarter-finals, while Chelsea survived a late scare against Porto to beat the Primeira Liga giants 2-1 over two legs. The hosts go into this game on the back of a disappointing goalless stalemate with Real Betis in La Liga, whereas Chelsea boosted their top-four prospects with a 1-0 win at West Ham United.
Since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea has been amazing in defence. Under his wing, Chelsea has conceded only one goal in the previous four Champions League games, and he has similar results in England. Meanwhile, Real Madrid has drawn in three of their last five games across all competitions, so our prediction is for this trend to continue on Tuesday. We expect the final score to be a draw, and we don’t expect to see many goals in this game, so it’s only logical to suggest betting on a draw at half time as well. It’s the Champions League semi-finals and teams will certainly go into the match with maximum caution and focus on the defensive side. Unless we see an early goal, we can see this match ending 0-0 at half time.