Chelsea take on Real Madrid in the Champions League for the first time ever this evening, a game which looks like an evenly balanced game.
The Blues face Los Blancos in the Semi final of the competition knowing they are potentially just 180 minutes from reaching this season’s final in Istanbul.
It’s the sort of challenge that Tuchel relishes and he expects his Chelsea players to continue their good form and produce another mature display on the European stage.
Here are three areas in which Real hold an advantage over the Blues that they can use to get off to the right start in the first leg.
Thibaut Courtois in goal
Chelsea have found a quality goalkeeper in Edouard Mendy, who is young and has saved 70 percent of the shots he’s faced in the Premier League. But Real Madrid have one of the best keepers in the world in Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois is no doubt a familiar face to Chelsea fans, given he was literally the best in the world at the position before leaving for Los Blancos.
It took a bit of time for Courtois to find his footing, but once the team around him settled, so did he. Courtois is now the one leading the way for La Liga goalkeepers with a jaw-dropping 81.6 save percentage.
Real Madrid have the experience advantage
Chelsea are not entirely lacking in Champions League experience, given Thomas Tuchel and Thiago Silva both made it to the final last year with PSG. Hakim Ziyech had quite the run with Ajax too.
But a good amount of Real Madrid players were part of the three time Champions League winning squad under Zidane.
It’s an advantage no other team in this competition boasts, and it’s one that has helped carry Real Madrid far in this competition, even when they faced serious crisis points in the group stages.