BT Sport pundit Michael Owen is expecting Chelsea to progress to the final of the Champions League by overcoming Real Madrid tonight.
The former England international believes manager Thomas Tuchel will look to keep things tight at Stamford Bridge, to protect their away goal advantage, but he feels the Blues could well catch their opponents on the counter-attack:
“This is the type of game where Thomas Tuchel thrives. With an away goal in the bag, he is sure to have his side well drilled with the aim of giving nothing away. If Chelsea are happy to sit in, I think there is every chance they could nick one on the break against a Madrid defence that’s looked shaky in recent weeks. With that in mind, I’m siding with the Blues’ to go through.”
It would be some feat if Tuchel manages to guide Chelsea to a European final just a few months after taking charge but, based on the first leg performance, you have to say they are favourites to make it through.
Under Tuchel, the Blues’ defence has been watertight and supporters will be hoping that will help them get over the line this evening.
Of course, it is likely to be a very edgy night, and it will only need one goal from Real to turn the tie on its head, but you would be confident of the home side getting the result they need.