Glenn Hoddle expects a “stronger” Real Madrid side in the second leg compared to in last week’s draw but insisted Chelsea should be “buoyant” ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
The Blues will head into Wednesday’s second leg at home with an away goal advantage after the 1-1 draw in Madrid.
They were arguably the better side in that game and should have scored more considering the chances they had.
Both sides played similar 3-5-2 systems in the first leg, but it was pretty apparent that Thomas Tuchel’s men were more comfortable with the structure.
Hoddle seems confident that Chelsea will secure the ticket to the Champions League final despite Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane’s likely fielding a stronger line-up at Stamford Bridge.
“Yes, I do. I said before the first leg that I thought over two legs they would get through,” he explained in The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show when asked whether Chelsea will finish the job against Real Madrid in the second leg.
“They are not playing the greatest Real Madrid side ever — with injuries in their squad as well.
“I think Real will have a stronger side at the Bridge on Wednesday than they had in the first leg, and I think Chelsea are going to have to play well.
“But I thought there were major parts of that first leg where Chelsea were in control and should have got the second goal.
“Sergio Ramos will strengthen Real if he comes back in, but I think Chelsea should be buoyant. They should be positive and I think they will win the game.
“They are playing with a lot of confidence and Thomas Tuchel has done a wonderful job.”
Thomas Tuchel himself described Ramos’ potential return as “another challenge”.
Not only because of his defensive qualities on the pitch, but also what he brings to the team mentally.
Chelsea only need to keep a clean-sheet to progress, though, and looking at their record under the new manager, they are pretty good at not conceding.