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Real Madrid vs Chelsea - the stats

Ahead of Chelsea's first Champions League semi-final for seven years, we continue the big build-up with key factors and figures...

Head to head stats

Chelsea and Real Madrid meet for the fourth occasion in European competition and first time ever in the Champions League. They are the sixth different Spanish opponent we have faced in the competition.

Real Madrid have faced Chelsea more often than any other side in all competitions without winning, failing in all three matches so far.

All three of our previous meetings have been played on neutral grounds. Guus Hiddink was Real’s manager the last time we met in 1998.


European Cup Winners’ Cup final, 19 May 1971
Karaiskaki Stadium, Piraeus, Greece
Real Madrid 1 Chelsea 1 (after extra time)
Zoco 90          Osgood 56

European Cup Winners’ Cup final replay, 21 May 1971
Karaiskaki Stadium, Piraeus, Greece
Real Madrid 1 Chelsea 2
Fleitas 75        Dempsey 32, Osgood 56

UEFA Super Cup final, 28 August 1998
Stade Louis II, Monaco
Real Madrid 0 Chelsea 1
                          Poyet 81

Our last meeting with Real Madrid

UEFA Super Cup final, 28 August 1998, 7.45pm
Stade Louis II, Monaco

Real Madrid (4-4-2): Illgner; Panucci, Hierro, Sanchis (c), Roberto Carlos; Karembeu (Morientes 58), Seedorf, Redondo, Savio; Mijatovic (Jarni 73), Raul
Unused subs: Contreras, Ivan Campo, Guti, Jaime, Fernando Sanz Manager: Guus Hiddink

Chelsea (4-1-3-1-1): De Goey; Ferrer, Duberry, Leboeuf, Le Saux; Desailly; Wise (c), Di Matteo (Poyet 63), Babayaro; Zola (Laudrup 83); Casiraghi (Flo 89)
Unused subs: Hitchcock, Lambourde, Newton, Morris
Scorer: Poyet 81
Manager: Gianluca Vialli

Referee: Marc Batta (France)
Attendance: 9,762

Chelsea’s biggest away win in the Champions League

20/10/1999 - Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea - first group stage
25/11/2014 - Schalke 0-5 Chelsea - group stage

Real Madrid’s biggest home win in the Champions League

08/12/15 - Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo - group stage


Chelsea have reached the semi-final stages of a major European competition for the 15th time.

Our second leg defeat against Porto was our first Champions League defeat this season.

This will be our eighth Champions League semi-final and first since 2014, more than any other English club since the competition started in 1992. Man Utd are one behind on seven.

We play at Real Madrid’s Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano for the first time. It will be the fourth new stadium we’ve played at this season with Krasnodar Stadium, Roazhon Park, Rennes and Seville’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. We have never played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Chelsea have only lost the first leg in one of our seven previous Champions League semi-finals, a 3-1 defeat to Monaco in 2003/04.

Since losing at Barcelona in March 2018, the defeat at Bayern Munich last season is our only one in 17 European away matches (13 wins, three draws). We have won all five of our away games this season.

Chelsea have won our last three Champions League matches against Spanish opposition, all three coming this season – against Sevilla in the group stages and in both legs of the last 16 against Atletico Madrid.

The Blues have won five of our 13 two-legged European knockout ties against Spanish clubs, Atletico Madrid in this season’s round of 16 the most recent. Five of our eight defeats have been against Barcelona.

Thomas Tuchel has faced Real Madrid as a manager more often without losing in the Champions League than against any other opponent (one win, three draws).

Chelsea have suffered only one defeat in our last 14 away matches against Spanish teams (five wins, eight draws), a 0-3 defeat to Barcelona in March 2018.

Chelsea are looking to win six consecutive away games in the Champions League proper for the first time. Our current run of five equalled our previous club record set in 2003/04.

Edouard Mendy has conceded just two goals in his first nine Champions League appearances – the record for fewest goals conceded in a goalkeeper’s first 10 matches is two, set by Keylor Navas between 2014 and 2016 for Real Madrid.

Thomas Tuchel has become the first Chelsea manager to remain unbeaten in his first 10 away games in all competitions (eight wins, two draws).

Champions League scorers

Giroud 6 (1 pen), Werner 3 (3 pens), Hudson-Odoi 2, Ziyech 2, Abraham 1, Chilwell 1, Emerson 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Mount 1, Pulisic 1


If selected, Mason Mount will make his 100th appearance for Chelsea in all competitions since his debut against Man Utd on the opening day last season.

Cesar Azpilicueta made his 421st Chelsea appearance at West Ham. He is now equal eighth on our all-time list with Steve Clarke. His next target is Dennis Wise on 445. Azpi’s next start will be his 400th for the Blues.


Real Madrid stats

La Liga - second
Copa del Rey - round of 32
Supercopa de Espana - semi-finals
Champions League - semi-finals
Top scorer all competitions: Karim Benzema 27

This is Real Madrid’s 14th Champions League semi-final - two more than any other side since the competition started in 1992 (Barcelona and Bayern Munich). This is their first semi-final since 2017/18.

This is Madrid's 30th European Cup semi-final overall. Los Blancos have won their last three semi-final ties, having lost five of the previous six.

Real Madrid have won the first leg of nine of their last 10 Champions League knockout ties, losing the other, scoring at least two goals in eight of these games.

Real Madrid drew 0-0 with Liverpool in their last game in the competition. They have not had consecutive knockout matches without scoring since a three-game run between February 2009 and February 2010.

Real have won five of their last 11 home European games (two draws, four defeats).

Real Madrid have won two of their last seven Champions League matches against English opposition (two draws, three defeats), with both victories coming against Liverpool. At home, Los Blancos have lost three of their 16 European Cup games against English sides.

Madrid's record in two-legged knockout ties against English clubs is nine wins and five defeats; they have won four of the last five with the exception being last season's defeat by Manchester City.

On Saturday Real Madrid's title hopes were dented as Zinedine Zidane's side were held to a goalless draw at home to Real Betis although they were helped by Atletico’s defeat on Sunday. Eden Hazard made his return as a 77th-minute sub after being out injured for six weeks. Real are second, level with Barcelona who have a game in hand, two points behind Atletico Madrid.

A 2-1 reverse at home to Levante on 30 January is Madrid's only defeat in their last 23 Liga matches (16 wins, six draws).

Madrid are unbeaten in 17 matches in all competitions (12 wins) and have kept clean sheets in their last four fixtures, three of them were goalless draws.
Zinedine Zidane's side have conceded eight goals in that 17-match unbeaten run, and never more than once in a game.

Zidane is going for a fourth Champions League victory as Real Madrid Manager.

He is one of 24 coaches to have managed 15 or more Champions League matches in the knockout stages. He has the joint best win ratio of this group (67 per cent ).

Zidane has never managed or played for a team against Chelsea.

Group B results

Shakhtar Donetsk (h) L 2-3
Borussia Monchengladbach (a) D 2-2
Inter Milan (h) W 3-2
Inter Milan (a) W 2-0
Shakhtar Donetsk (a) L 0-2
Borussia Monchengladbach (h) W 2-0

Round of 16

Atalanta (a) W 1-0
Atalanta (h) W 3-1


Liverpool (h) W 3-1
Liverpool (a) D 0-0

Scorers: Benzema 5, Vinicius 3, Asensio 2, Ramos 2 (1 pen), Casemiro 1, Hazard 1 (pen), Mendy 1, Modric 1, Rodrygo 1, own goal 1.

Real Madrid’s quarter-final second leg line-up

Wednesday 14 April 2021
Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 0 (Real won 3-1 on aggregate)
Team (4-3-3): Courtois; Valverde, Eder Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos (Odriozola 72); Asensio (Isco 82), Benzema, Vinicius Junior (Rodrygo 72)
Booked: Casemiro


There are no suspensions.

All yellow cards expired on completion of the quarter-finals so no player from either side can be suspended for the final unless they are sent-off.


Referee and VAR

Referee Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
VAR Kevin Blom (Netherlands)