Karim Benzema scores against Chelsea, (c) Real Madrid Twitter.

3 talking points as Real Madrid hold Chelsea to a draw in the Champions League first leg

Real Madrid and Chelsea have all to play for in next week’s Champions League clash in London after sharing a draw in Madrid on Tuesday.

Real Madrid and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final meeting at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.

A dominant start from the visitors saw them draw first blood, courtesy of Christian Pulisic, who controlled a long ball from Antonio Rudiger really well and rounded Thibaut Courtois to score.

Karim Benzema scored a fine goal some minutes later to restore parity and as things turned out, the two goals from the first half were the only goals in the tie prior to a second leg.

Los Blancos created a number of chances, but all of them were innocuous. Meanwhile, Chelsea were unable to win as a result of poor finishing- something that has let them down for most of the season.

Here is a look at the talking points from the match.

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REAL MADRID WILL BE HAPPIER OF THE TWO SIDES

Real Madrid will no doubt be the happier of the two sides, considering that they were on the backfoot for large portions of the match. The Whites were lucky to not have gone more than a goal down in the opening quarter of an hour itself. Additionally, Chelsea were poor in defending the ball which led to Benzema’s opener, in which they lost three aerial duels.

While it is the Blues’ advantage heading to the Stamford Bridge, thanks to an away goal, Real Madrid know they have to score at least one in London. On a positive note for Zinedine Zidane; Federico Valverde, Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos are all expected to return. A lot of football is still to be played and the second leg promises to be an exciting affair.