Nuri Sahin: I have my fingers crossed for Real Madrid

Tue 04 May 2021 | 9:20

The former Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund midfielder believes the Blancos are able to turn the tie around at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid

will play against


in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane

’s side were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg and they are set to face the Blues in Stamford Bridge. Despite the Blancos’ injury crisis,

Nuri Sahin

believes Real Madrid can beat Chelsea, who are coached by Sahin’s former boss

Thomas Tuchel


“I think it will be an open game, as it was in the first leg. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Sahin told



“Both sides are in a good moment, I would say. Chelsea are playing really well under Thomas Tuchel, and tactically they play really different. They play maybe the best football tactically right now. You can see that they have a plan, with three at the back. I know the coach and he’s very good tactically.

“But on the other side, you have the boss of the Champions League in Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane! They are still in a good moment, even if people maybe don’t think they are as strong. I have my fingers crossed for them, and I think they can do it

“But it will be a good game regardless.”

Asked about

Manchester City

’s match against

Paris Saint-Germain

, Sahin responded:

“It will be difficult for them, of course,”

he said.

“The result for City is perfect with two away goals, and everyone expects that they will go through.

“But we are talking about Paris Saint-Germain, and everyone knows, as I am sure Pep Guardiola knows, that this team can score goals for fun!”

Manchester City won the first leg with a 2-1 result and they will face the Parisians in the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

“When you have Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe, anything can happen. I played against Mbappe when he was 17 at Monaco. He was incredible. He reminded me straight away of Thierry Henry.

“He’s a very, very good player, a joy to watch. I like what he is doing, and I also like his personality – in a way he’s humble, but in another way he’s arrogant, you know? His potential is crazy!”

Sahin spent a short spell at Real Madrid in 2011 which was hampered by multiple injuries. The 32-year-old is currently playing for the Turkish Super Lig side



source: SportMob