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Champions League returns: A statistical and historical insight into the Semi—finale

The Champions League returns today with the fourth European clash between English side Chelsea the Blues and Spanish side Real Madrid at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, Spain tonight. 

The Champions League returns today with the fourth European clash between English side Chelsea the Blues and Spanish side Real Madrid at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, Spain tonight. 

The clash has had favorable history for the English side, Real Madrid failing to win against the Blues in all competitions, only managing a draw and losing twice to the English men. The clash between the English and Spanish side is also the 163rd Champions League meeting between the two nations, and the most of any two.

The first round of semifinals will be crowned with a home encounter for PSG, hosting current Premier League favorites, Manchester City at Parc des Princes in France tomorrow. This fixture is murky water for PSG, having managed 2 points in three games, with 2 draws and a loss to the Citizens, who have registered better success, and eliminating PSG by 3 goals to 2 in the 2015-16 quarter-final encounter. 

PSG will be hopping to trounce the English side to reach their second consecutive Champions League Finale, having lost by a goal to nil in last year’s encounter to German side Bayern Munich. 

For today however, it will be an uphill task for Thomas Tuchel’s goal-shy Blues who cannot use their favorable history as a yardstick to rid themselves of the success that Real Madrid have amassed in the Frenchman Zinedine Zidane within the past decade alone. 

The Frenchman has put 11 titles to his name while at the Spanish side, with 2 Club World Cups, 2 European Super Cups, 2 Spanish la Ligas, 2 Spanish Super Cups, and the most threatening in the encounter, 3 Champions Leagues to his name in a row, trouncing formidable opponents in the process in form of Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Liverpool.

The same however cannot be said about Chelsea, whose last major victory in the Champions League was in 2021, one whole decade ago, and last tasting silver ware in a UEFA Europa league final encounter in 2019 against Arsenal, winning the match 4-1 in Baku, marking the last piece of silver ware in their cabinet.

For the bragging rights and a chance to lift the 11 kg silverware at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, the Blues have to upset the Spaniards, before advancing to the final and facing the winner in PSG vs Manchester City semifinal clash, a not-so-easys task for Tuchel and his boys.

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