Rio Ferdinand felt Chelsea will overcome Real Madrid in the Champions League tomorrow if they play with pace and power, speaking on Vibe with Five.

Chelsea were excellent in the first leg and the 1-1 score line didn’t really reflect their dominance.

Christian Pulisic’s cool finish was just one of several good chances Thomas Tuchel’s team carved out, but it was the only one they converted.

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Madrid will look to capitalise on the Blues wasteful nature when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have an away goal in their sights, something that Chelsea already own in their locker.

However, Ferdinand believed that there would be just one outcome if Tuchel’s team came out fighting.

“After watching Madrid play and navigate their way past Liverpool, I thought the experience would be telling for Madrid (against Chelsea),” admitted the former Manchester United defender.  

“But, the way Chelsea play at high pace, Real Madrid can’t live with it. If they play at high pace again and go for it again, I think they overrun this Madrid team.

“I think it will be a Chelsea (Manchester) City final. I actually went the other way, I thought it would be a Madrid v PSG final, but not any more.”

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Madrid have been set back by the injuries to Raphael Varane, Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal.

There are also questions over Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos’ fitness, whilst Federico Valverde is still going through covid19 isolation protocols.

This leaves Zidane pretty short guaranteed options in his squad, which is in stark comparison to the breadth of talent at Tuchel’s disposal.

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Mateo Kovacic is still absent thanks to a hamstring problem, whilst Antonio Rudiger sat out the weekend’s win over Fulham because of a minor facial issue.

Other than that, Chelsea has a full bill of health to report back on and it’s likely Rudiger will return to face Madrid.

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