Champions League: Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Going to the Moon for Mars

mehe dream of a new European Cup for Real Madrid goes through stamford bridgethe stadium of a team that doesn’t know what it’s like to lose against Real Madrid. It is not that they have faced each other many times, only five over two centuries-old journeys by far, but the truth is that the chelsea It is a stone in Madrid’s shoe. The semifinal of the Champions League 20-21 is still fresh in the memory, in which Madrid crashed against the blue wall, 1- at Di Stfano and an unmitigated defeat in the English capital (2-0). But the whites’ jinx against the posh London team comes from afar, specifically from 1971in a final of the Cup Winners of Europe, tournament now extinct, that the Londoners took in the replay after the tie in the first game. Those two games in Athens, Paco’s last People with Madrid, they prevented Madrid from winning the tournament reserved for the Cup champions, which once again ran away against a British team, the aberdeen Scottish, in 1983, the famous season of the five lost titles with Di Stfano at the head of the bench.

Nearly three decades later, a goal from poyet in Monaco allowed Chelsea to beat Madrid in the final of the Super Cup. The whites, who appeared after winning the Seventh in a 32-year labor, fell again to the English, who repeated the victory against the whites in the semifinals of the previous edition of the Champions League. An uncontested win at Stamford Bridge, in a match marked by several controversial decisions by Zidane. The main one, locate vinicius as a right lane, without forgetting the ownership of bouquets and Mendyfresh from an injury, and the inclusion in the eleven of Danger.

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Eleven months have passed since that game and the general impression is that Madrid is better than then and Chelsea worse. those of Ancelottiwho will watch it from home due to covid, are prominent leaders in the Spanish League, while the English league is a utopia for the Tuchel block, fourteen points behind Town. The team is less grantico than last season, in which the defense launched it to the conquest of its second Champions League, and it is inevitable that it will be affected by the personal situation of Roman Abramovichthe Russian oligarch who bought the club at the beginning of the century and financed it until it became one of the great sharks of the continent. The arrival of Russian capital has allowed the club to London rubbing shoulders with the best in England and even winning the Champions League twice, an achievement that the other state clubs in Europe have not been able to achieve, City, whom he beat in the 2021 final, and psg. The whites were in charge of eliminating the French, to defend the old order and tradition against the emerging power of institutions for whom money is the least of their problems.

Facing that bottomless pit, Madrid opposes the history and mystique of the club in the tournament, which took PSG ahead on a memorable night at the it’s gray. It happened that shortly after the team hit a backfire of care against Barcelona, ​​in a game with more emotional than mathematical effect, which casts some doubts about the team’s performance, which his performance in Balados did not completely dispel. Despite everything, the pulse of Real Madrid is optimistic, especially due to the prospect of playing the final pass at the Bernabu, which in Europe is always a plus in favor of the whites, and even more so taking into account the elimination of the double value of the goals in the opposite field.

On a sporting level, the big question is whether Ancelotti, through the work of his son Davidaccommodate Fede Valverde in eleven, since a change of system to 4-4-2 seems excessively risky at this point in the course, after a whole year of insistence on 4-3-3. All in all, he looks like a match for the old guard, of Modric and Kroos to Benzemawith the innovative factor of a Vini that has grown exponentially since last year. With these well-known weapons, Madrid tries to reach its particular Moon, forced to make a detour to conquer Mars, terrain still unexplored by the white club.

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