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Chelsea and Real Madrid pick
Back Chelsea to win the Caesars Sportsbook.
The Blues were too energetic and intense for Madrid last season and should have more for them this time.
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Chelsea Hoping to Use Off-Field Issues to Their Advantage
When Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea since 2003, had his assets frozen by the British government due to his connections with Vladimir Putin, the club’s manager Thomas Tuchel found himself in an unenviable position. Tuchel suddenly found himself confronted by questions regarding his defense team, Mason Mount’s injuries status, or Romelu Lukaku’s form.
The Chelsea boss emerged with credit from this episode. The Chelsea boss has not shied away from tough questions, and has refused to behave as though Chelsea were unfairly treated.
He has succeeded in keeping his players focused and on the job at hand. The Blues won all four of their fixtures in the three competitions they entered since last month’s news about Abramovich. Chelsea has plenty of goals to win this season as the club prepares to enter a new era with a new owner.
Tuchel led the west Londoners last season to Champions League glory. Many are also predicting that Liverpool and Manchester City will win this year.
It would be foolish to dismiss Chelsea. It is an club that thrives when it has its back against the wall. The drama surrounding the abrupt banishment Abramovich appears to have helped bring the team closer.
Real Madrid Have Something to Prove Despite PSG Win
Real Madrid looked to be heading out of the competition they have won 13 times – considerably more than any other club – in the round of 16.
After falling 1-0 to Paris Saint-Germain, the team was 1-0 ahead in the second leg. They had another mountain to climb. Yet a Karim Benzema hat-trick, a masterclass from Luka Modric and an astonishing collapse from PSG saw Madrid turn the tie on its head in the final 30 minutes.
It was an excellent reminder of team spirit and the wealth of experience in a group that has been playing together for many years. Madrid was clearly second for four-fifths, however. Los Blancos could have watched the quarter-finals on their couch if not for PSG’s mental fragility.
Madrid are currently on track to winning the La Liga title, however their defeat by Barcelona 4-0 before the international break proved that they need fresh blood.
And while everyone remembers the three Champions League triumphs in a row between 2016 and 2018, it is worth bearing in mind that Madrid have suffered elimination in the last 16 of the tournament in two of the three seasons since then.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team were too cautious against PSG in the first leg. The draw was almost over, but Kylian Mbappe scored in the second half stoppage.
It will be fascinating to see if the ex-Chelsea manager takes this match more aggressively.
Hard to See Past Chelsea in Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea has handled the off-field challenges brilliantly. Given their victories over Lille, Middlesbrough, and Norwich City last month, it is unlikely that the players will be distracted by Real Madrid on Wednesday. Chelsea is determined to prove that their European title will not be lost without fighting.
When these two teams met last season in Champions League semi-finals, Chelsea won at Stamford Bridge and then drew at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid was unable to match their speed and dynamism, so Tuchel’s side forced Zinedine Zidane into submission. Madrid needs a rest and a game plan similar to this could help them.
Chelsea is the favorite to win and will be looking to get a lead in the Spanish capital. They will do it.
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How to Watch Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Information Teams Chelsea vs Real Madrid Location Stamford Bridge, London, England Time Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 03. 00 PM EDT How to watch CBS, Paramount+