Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Match Preview
9-time winners Real Madrid travel to west London on Tuesday for a Champions League First Knockout round tie. The Spaniards sit top of La Liga, with a commanding 24 point lead over Atletico Madrid. Having had 8 players in the World Team of the Year, Real Madrid will be looking to come out and dominate the match.
They could definitely not do it with attacking trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Gareth Bale, who have been unstoppable since the start of the season. Isco won the European Golden Boy title, while Ronaldo and Bale came 1st and 3rd respectively in the Ballon D'Or.
Chelsea sit top of the Barclays Premier League with a 9 point lead, and are on the back of a winning streak stretching back to the beginning of December. Chelsea will unfortunately be without new signing Robert Lewandowski, and this will surely be a big blow to the Blues, who have been on excellent goalscoring form.
Instead, Chelsea will have to rely on the likes of Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Doria to help secure a first-leg lead over Los Blancos. Torres seems to have finally hit the form of his Liverpool days, and, after a stuttering start, Juan Mata is beginning to hit the form which has made him such and integral part of this Chelsea squad.