Rivaldo’s three reasons for Madrid having advantage over Chelsea in semi-finals

Brazilian legend Rivaldo has revealed the three reasons why he believes Real Madrid will defeat Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Blues defeated Porto 2-1 on aggregate to set up a tie with Los Blancos, who themselves comfortably saw off Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the quarter-finals.

It makes for an intriguing clash between Zinedine Zidane’s juggernaut and Thomas Tuchel’s men, who have experienced a remarkable turnaround in form since the German replaced Frank Lampard.

Despite possessing a number of top-level players Chelsea are relatively inexperienced in the latter stages of the competition, with their last semi-final appearance coming in 2014.

By contrast, Madrid are one of the most experienced teams in the tournament, with many of the players who won four Champions Leagues in five years still at the club.

And it is that experience which Rivaldo, who spent five years at Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona and won the Champions League with AC Milan, believes will be crucial.

“In the other semi-final, I see Real Madrid as favourite to reach the final,” he wrote in a column for Betfair.

“They have a solid and very experienced squad which always tends to play better in these kinds of decisive matches, becoming a specialist in the last decade.

“Chelsea also have their strengths and shouldn't be discounted, but I think Madrid have more experience to claim another Champions League final spot – and they know how to win it.”

In addition to having more experience than Chelsea’s young squad, Rivaldo also pointed to Zidane as being a key deciding factor.

The Frenchman came under fire midway through the season with Madrid struggling in La Liga, but he has since turned them around, with Real now Atletico Madrid’s closest challengers.

And with Zidane back on the top of his managerial game, Rivaldo thinks he will be able to overcome the tactical battle with Tuchel.

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  • “All those press critics of Zinedine Zidane that we saw in the middle of the season seem to have vanished after such a great response from the team,” he wrote.

    “At the moment Real Madrid is fighting for the La Liga title and also progressing well in the Champions League, counteracting all the comments about a potential loss of faith in Zidane from the club and players.

    “The coach and all the squad must be congratulated for their efforts in turning the situation around in such a great fashion.”

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