Tony Cascarino tells Chelsea how to beat Real Madrid and reach Champions League final
In last week’s semi-final first leg in Spain, Christian Pulisic netted a vital away goal before Karim Benzema equalised for the hosts.
Before Pulisic’s opener, the misfiring Timo Werner missed a gilt-edged chance to put his team ahead as his woes in front of goal continued.
And former Chelsea striker Cascarino thinks Werner needs to take his chances for Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
‘Thomas Tuchel has been brilliant at getting his team to take an iron grip on matches, keeping the opposition out game after game, but he needs his attacking players to make the most of their chances,’ Cascarino told The Times.
‘Timo Werner has been producing some wonderful passes, and has been providing great movement and creativity, but he has to be more clinical in front of goal.
‘The Germany forward is overthinking things when he has the chance to pull the trigger. If Chelsea get knocked out tonight and Werner has missed one or two good chances then the finger will be pointed at him.’
Cascarino also feels that his former club must keep the potent Karim Benzema quiet and do their best to push back midfield duo Toni Kroos and Luca Modric.
‘Chelsea must keep a very close eye on Karim Benzema, who is probably the most underrated centre forward to have played in my lifetime,’ Cascarino added.
‘He’s alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as the best players at leading the line. If you stop Benzema, you pretty much stop Real Madrid: he has scored 28 goals for them in all competitions this season; Casemiro is second with only seven.
‘If you allow him space he will punish you, as he showed with his goal in the first leg.
‘Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have vast experience at this level and they are perfectly capable of seizing control of the midfield for Real. It was only the brilliance of N’Golo Kanté that foiled them in the first leg, and the Frenchman will be required to do the same at Stamford Bridge.
‘Kroos and Modric are really good passers but they never got going in the first match. I thought Kanté was back to his very best, disrupting play and constantly robbing the ball.’
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