The Blues came away from Madrid’s Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium with a crucial away goal as Christian Pulisic fired them in front with a superb individual effort in the 14th minute in last week’s semi-final first leg.
But Karim Benzema thundered home a stunning volley to equalise for Madrid on the half-hour mark and the scoreline remained at 1-1 to set up an enticing second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Zinedine Zidane’s men looked vulnerable up against Chelsea’s pacy attack in their first meeting, particularly in the first half, and former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand expects more of the same in west London tomorrow evening.
‘After watching Real Madrid play and navigate their way through against Liverpool I thought the experience was going to be telling for Real Madrid,’ he said on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel.
‘But Chelsea, the way they play at high pace, Real Madrid can’t live with it.
‘If they play at high pace the whole game again and go for it again, I think they overrun this Real Madrid team.’
Ferdinand is confident the final will be an all-Premier League affair once again, just two years after Liverpool beat Tottenham to lift the trophy at Madrid’s Metropolitano Stadium.
Asked whether Chelsea will progress, Ferdinand replied: ‘Yeah, I think they will.
‘I think it will be a Chelsea vs. Manchester City final.
‘I actually went the other way [beforehand], I thought it would be a Real Madrid vs. PSG final but not anymore.’
Ex-Chelsea and England manager Glenn Hoddle has gone the same way as Ferdinand and reckons Madrid’s European campaign will come to an end on Wednesday night, despite the expected return of inspirational captain Sergio Ramos.
Asked whether Chelsea will beat Madrid to a place in the final, he told the Evening Standard: ‘Yes, I do. I said before the first leg that I thought over two legs they would get through.
‘They are not playing the greatest Real Madrid side ever. 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.’
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