Chelsea vs Real Madrid UEFA League Final Live Football Score 5 May 2021
Following an enthralling and rain-soaked first leg in the Spanish capital, Chelsea prepare to welcome Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final battle on Wednesday night. The tie is delicately poised following a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano last week, during which Christian Pulisic’s opener was cancelled out by an equally impressive Karim Benzema finish.
Both European powerhouses enjoyed 2-0 victories in league action at the weekend, as Chelsea overcame Fulham while Los Blancos comfortably swept aside Osasuna The raucous crowds of the Bernabeu have witnessed some historic Champions League ties in years gone by, and while the players may never get used to behind-closed-doors games at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, the first leg was a real treat for the neutrals.
After Timo Werner had added to his alarming catalogue of gilt-edge chances missed, the ever-impressive Pulisic took it upon himself to break the deadlock after a ball over the top from Antonio Rudiger, as the American winger left Thibaut Courtois sprawling before firing home past Raphael Varane and Nacho Fernandez. Serial Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane saw his defence carved open at will by Tuchel’s bright attacking forces, but Chelsea’s lead lasted all of 15 minutes as European veteran Benzema netted his 71st Champions League goal – and a stunning one at that – to restore parity just before the half-hour mark.
The net rippled for the final time on the night with Benzema’s thunderous effort, as Chelsea took a potentially priceless away goal back to London for the second leg, and their most recent outing at Stamford Bridge saw Kai Havertz steal the show in a routine 2-0 success over Fulham in the Premier League. The Blues’ top-four destiny is firmly in their own hands with only four games of the domestic season left to play, and a third-placed finish is not beyond the realm of possibility either, but a Champions League winners’ medal after only six months in charge would go a long way to securing Tuchel’s long-term future in the Chelsea hotseat.
Benzema’s stunning equaliser is the only goal that Chelsea’s resilient defence has conceded in their last five games across all competitions, but while Tuchel’s unbeaten away record is still intact, he has already witnessed West Bromwich Albion upset the odds at Stamford Bridge. Defeat in the second leg of their quarter-final tie with Porto represents the Blues’ only loss of this season’s Champions League so far, though, and they are yet to concede more than one goal in a single game in the 2020-21 tournament – keeping seven clean sheets and conceding just four times in their 11 continental matches so far.
Istanbul is on the horizon, and defence may be the best form of attack for Tuchel given that his side simply need to hold on to what they have on Wednesday. However, only two of their five Champions League games at home this season have ended in victory, as Frank Lampard could not mastermind wins over Sevilla or Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge in the group stage. Out of the last seven times that Chelsea have avoided defeat in a Champions League first leg away from home, they have advanced to the next round in five of them, but Atletico Madrid managed to break that trend by dumping them out of the 2013-14 tournament, and Real will hope to follow in the footsteps of their local rivals this week.
Chelsea aiming for first Champions League final since 2012 – the stats
Chelsea will face Real Madrid for the fifth time in European competition and 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.
Chelsea have progressed from five of their past seven knockout ties in the 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, v Atletico Madrid in 2013-14 (0-0 in first leg, 3-1 defeat in second leg).
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is looking to secure his fourth progression in four Champions League semi-finals, which would equal the record for most semi-final progressions by a manager in competition history (along with Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Marcello Lippi).
Real Madrid could seal their place in a 17th European Cup/Champions League final, with their current total of 16 already being the most of any team. Progression here would set up Zinedine Zidane’s fourth Champions League final in charge of Real.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has only lost four of his 18 home games as a manager in the Champions League (W12 D2), with his sides scoring 48 goals across these fixtures – an average of 2.7 per game.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has scored 71 goals in the Champions League and could become the outright fourth top scorer in the competition’s history if he scores in this game, overtaking Raul (71).