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Karim Benzema has now played 109 CL games for Madrid
That’s right. Time flies doesn’t it... Now Real Madrid’s No 9 has the fourth most Champions League matches played for Los Blancos. Number 3 is still playing and guess who it is; “El Capitan” Sergio Ramos with 128 appearances in said competition.
¡@Benzema, el 4º madridista con más partidos en la @LigadeCampeones!— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) April 15, 2021
1️⃣ @IkerCasillas (152 partidos)
2️⃣ @RaulGonzalez (132 partidos)
3️⃣ @SergioRamos (128 partidos)
4️⃣ Benzema / @Oficial_RC3 (109 partidos)#RealFootball | #UCL pic.twitter.com/2mAunHmWF7
An interesting stat about Chelsea
Apparently, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel (in case you’ve been living under a rock, we’ll be facing them in the semifinals) has never lost a game to Zinedine Zidane and neither have Chelsea to Real Madrid, though the last time the teams met was back in 1998 for a European Supercup game. What do you think? Will Zizou have his number this time around?
Kind reminder that Real Madrid have broken worse trends than this one. Say, like a certain “Can’t win the Champions League twice in a row” taboo for example. Of course, this doesn’t guarantee anything.
— Goal (@goal) April 15, 2021
Tuchel has never lost to Zidane
Real Madrid have never beaten Chelsea
Expect a Champions League classic pic.twitter.com/ukTrpUoaIU
Also, Ziyach scored in both of the 2019 Round of 16 legs, knocking as out of the competition as part of the Ajax team that made the semis.
Some much needed revenew
According to Marca, Real Madrid will earn close to 100 mil, for making the semifinals of the Champions League. This is most certainly a welcome financial boost, given the whole pandemic situation and all and who knows? Perhaps it can help us land a player or two. Even if it doesn’t, this is money that will still help our club. Don’t forget that there’s also a certain Santiago Bernabeu stadium being renovated into what’s essentially the new Death Star of some sort.
Have a great day and as always, may the madridismo be with you.