No one has reached more European Cup semi-finals than Real Madrid.
In fact, the other clubs aren’t even close. Bayern Munich are next in the list with 21 appearances in the last four, followed by Barcelona’s 16 and AC Milan’s 12.
In recent years, Los Blancos have extended their lead. They have reached the semi-finals in nine of the last 11 editions of the Champions League, winning the competition four times during that span.
Jose Mourinho ended the quarterfinal curse in 2010/11, with Real Madrid reaching the last four successive years until 2018/19.
Over the past decade, Real Madrid have played eight Champions League semi-finals, Barcelona after five.
This will be Zinedine Zidane’s fourth Champions League semi-final as Real Madrid boss. He has won all of the previous three so far. The French coach has knocked out Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich at this point.
Chelsea are waiting in the penultimate round this season. They have never met Real Madrid in the Champions League, their previous meetings having been in the 1970/71 Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1997 Super Cup. Chelsea have emerged victorious on both occasions.
The Merengue have just beaten Barça and are only a small point behind the Colchoneros and they have just qualified for the semi-finals of the C1. Not bad for a trainer whose speech supposedly did not get through.
“What has to be said is that we are all here together,” Zidane said. “With everything that happens to us, with all the losses, we are here. We have not won anything, but we are alive in both competitions. The team wants more. “
Semi-finalist for the 30th time in its history in the European Cup, Real Madrid are on their favorite playground. In just over a month, the season will be over and the club may have scored a brace, which no one would have bet on five months ago. But Zidane has the strength to pull through thick and thin.
“The character they have. It’s a team that always has more. The more difficulties they have, the closer they come. Of course we have quality to spare in this team, but the character of these players is the most important. “