In Tuesday’s match, Chelsea featured a nine-one formation, leaving a back line only meant to return to Stamford Bridge with a tie to bet on the second leg. As Atletico Madrid kept the pressure up on the 2012 European champions, the Blues made an impenetrable line, sacrificing their veteran center back, John Terry, and their goalkeeper, Petr Cech, in the name of the tie.
On the opposite side of the city just one day later, the other Madrid team, Real Madrid, took a 1-0 victory away from a game in which they were clearly outplayed by Bayern Munich. The men in red took away 72 percent of the possession and took twice as many shots as Real, but the final scoreline favored the home team.
As each team heads home to play a league match before next week’s draw, the soccer world holds its breath to see who will make it to club futbol’s biggest stage, the Champions League final to be held in Lisbon this year.
Wednesday’s match will feature a depleted Chelsea side against a revamped Atletico Madrid in a surefire set of exciting ninety minutes. As the Blues take to the pitch, they will be without their captain, Frank Lampard, out due to an accumulation of yellow cards, their goalkeeper, Petr Cech, who fell victim to a dislocated shoulder, John Terry, who suffered an ankle injury, and John Obi Mikel, who also took his second yellow card of the competition in Tuesday’s match. In the first leg, Chelsea failed to score an away goal, and as that is the tiebreaker, any tie in the second leg other than a score of 0-0 will see Atletico through.
The one thing Chelsea fans can take solace in is their home field advantage. In his two stints as Chelsea manager, Mourihno has won seventy-seven matches matches while losing just one at Stamford Bridge.
On Tuesday, expect to see a Bayern team seeking revenge after failing to defeat Madrid in the first leg. Although the German club’s play has dropped off somewhat recently, Pep Guardiola will prepare his players for what is sure to be an intense matchup at their home stadium, Allianz Arena, the same location where they lost the Champions League final to Chelsea in 2012.
Predictions: Atletico Madrid 1 – 1 Chelsea
Bayern Munich 2 – Real Madrid 0