Champions League Head-to-Head: Karim Benzema (Steady Madrid) v Timo Werner (Chelsea)
The Champions League returns on Tuesday evening as Chelsea shuttle to Spain to face 13-time winners Steady Madrid in the key-leg of their semi-final.
A 0-0 second-leg design used to be enough to glimpse the La Liga facet soar past Liverpool in the quarters, courtesy of a 3-1 first leg victory a fortnight earlier.
In the intervening time Chelsea, who are additionally in the FA Cup final and in a commanding place in the dawdle for the high four, beat Porto 2-1 on aggregate, despite shedding 1-0 in the second leg.
Steady Madrid comprise confronted Chelsea more times in all competitions without ever winning than any assorted facet, with the two European heavyweights having fully met thrice in their history, basically the most fresh being the Blues’ 1-0 UEFA Expansive Cup victory over Steady in 1998.
Thomas Tuchel’s facet are in appropriate fabricate going into the match, having lost merely twice in the German’s 21 video games responsible, and conserving four dapper sheets in their final six matches.
Steady, meanwhile, are unbeaten in almost three months in all competitions, and are mild combating it out for the La Liga title with merely five video games closing.
The match on Tuesday will pit two of basically the most costly entrance traces in world soccer in opposition to every assorted.
Karim Benzema has stepped up since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and is Madrid’s high scorer this season, even as Timo Werner has been quietly contributing to the Blues’ spectacular season with 11 needs and 12 assists this term.
The German, who scored in the 1-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday, place of residing up the opener in the two-0 quarter-final victory over Atletico Madrid, nonetheless has not scored in the competition since the neighborhood stages.
Benzema, alternatively, has scored five times in the competition this season, most only in the near past in opposition to Atalanta in the final 16.
With every facet performing seriously successfully defensively in fresh months, the battle between the two attacks could per chance well conceal the largest in deciding who comes out on high. Right here’s how both players (Benzema left, Werner proper) comprise performed in the Champions League thus a ways this term…
8 Games 9
662 Minutes played 617
5 Targets 3
0 Assists 3
30 Photographs 16
73,874 m Distance lined 72,280 m
3 Fouls obtained 10
*Statistics by UEFA