Chelsea Women vs. Real Madrid, UWCL preview, predicted XI

In the penultimate match for Chelsea Women in the UEFA Women's Champions League group stages, the Blues take on already eliminated Real Madrid.
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Outside of Brunn, Toril's team still has numerous quality talents going forward. Olga Carmona always makes her presence felt flying up and down the left flank. Winger Athenea del Castillo was arguably the club's most dangerous player in the final third in the last league fixture, piling up eight shot-creating actions and five successful take-ons. Ex-Manchester City attacker Hayley Raso will make herself known at some point. Not only does she have a track record of scoring big goals against the Blues before, but was credited for the game-winning assist in her side's last league game.

Since its crushing defeat at the hands of the French side in December, the Spanish outfit edged Madrid C. F. in a stoppage time comeback in the league. It later advanced in the Copa de la Reina, and fell in convincing fashion in the Supercopa de España semifinals to Barcelona. Due to that defeat at the hands of Barca, Madrid have had a lot more time to prepare compared to its opponent in the mid-week.

Madrid's backline has been far more vulnerable than it was last season. Over the course of the last 12 contests, Las Blancas have only been able to muster two clean sheets. 1.91 goals per game during this span, to be exact. They'll need to be much sharper back there on the road in order to play somewhat of a spoiler.