Manchester City punched its ticket into the UEFA Champions League final Tuesday for the first time in club history, and now Chelsea and Real Madrid will battle it out to decide which side will face Pep Guardiola’s crew later this month.
These two clubs are no stranger to the latter stages of the Champions League, particularly Madrid, who have won the competition a record 13 times. That’s six more than any other club.
Zinedine Zidane’s group have captured four of the last seven UCL titles, most recently three years ago when Madrid knocked off Premier League side Liverpool in the final.
Interestingly enough, a Premier League side has only beaten a Spanish club in the final once in the competition’s history. Liverpool did it in 1980/81 by defeating Real Madrid in the final, but Man City will have to wait to see whether they can try to be the second team to accomplish the feat or if they’ll be in store for an all-Premier League tie.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have rallied all season after the sacking of Frank Lampard so in a way it’s fitting they’ve come this far under the German manager’s tutelage. After earning a positive result in Spain last week, Chelsea’s away goal would have them through to the final if Wednesday’s match ends scoreless.
Let’s take a closer look at Chelsea and Real Madrid as they prepare for their semi final matchup.