Marcelo to miss second leg of Champions League semi-final against Chelsea

There are reports that Real Madrid defender Marcelo could miss the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in London because he has been called up to monitor a polling station during local elections.

The elections for the Madrid assembly take place on Tuesday, 4 May.

Real, who were held 1-1 at home in the first leg, play the second leg at Stamford Bridge on the following day.

According to the BBC, the Spanish club are “analysing the situation” to see if “any regulation will let him travel with the team”.

The Brazil left-back started in Tuesday’s game, which saw Chelsea come away with an away goal in a deserved draw against the 13-time European champions.

The Brazil left-back started in Tuesday’s game, which saw Chelsea come away with an away goal in a deserved draw against the 13-time European champions.

Unless Marcelo is excused from his election-day duties, he will not be permitted to travel with the team the day before the game.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo report the club had appealed to the Electoral Commission, but the request was denied.

All Spaniards on the electoral register can be called up to work at polling stations and are paid 65 euros (£56), needing mitigating circumstances to be excused.

Marcelo, 32, was granted Spanish citizenship in 2011.

Thibaut Courtois caught on camera, tells Olivier Giroud what he did about Werner’s glaring miss after Real Madrid mater

Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been caught joking about Timo Werner’s and how he stopped the ball going into his net.

During the opening stages of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie in Madrid on Tuesday night, the £53million signing squandered a glorious chance to put Chelsea 1-0 ahead after he fired straight at Courtois from inside the six-yard box with most of the goal to aim at.

It was the latest in a string of bad misses this season for Werner, and Courtois was caught making light of the opportunity with former Chelsea team-mate Olivier Giroud at half-time.

RMC Sport cameras snapped Giroud, an unused substitute on the night for Thomas Tuchel’s side, discussing the glorious opportunity with former Blues goalkeeper Courtois in the tunnel.

‘The save on Timo! Pffff,’ Giroud was seen telling Courtois in audio captured in the tunnel at hall-time.

The Madrid goalkeeper, while moving his foot to the right, then simply responded: ‘All I did was put my foot like this.’

Giroud bluntly replied ‘incredible’ before the pair put their game faces on again in Madrid on Tuesday night.

Just moments after Werner’s miss, Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea a thoroughly deserved lead thanks to a composed solo effort before Karim Benzema equalised with an emphatic acrobatic strike.

Courtois later said: “The 2nd leg is going to be like a final. Their aggressiveness and intensity, which has been greater than ours, has hurt us. We wanted to start as they’ve done and push up. They’ve given everything and in the first 20-25 minutes it cost us more.”

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(Watch Highlights) Manchester City beat PSG after astonishing comeback in Paris

Man City started the second half on the front foot and pinned last year’s finalists, PSG, inside their own half.

And City found themselves level with a slice of luck.

A Man City corner was worked across the edge of PSG’s penalty area and to De Bruyne.

The Belgian shifted the ball onto his right foot and delivered what looked like a cross toward the far post, catching out Navas to draw City level.

PSG looked a different team to the team that played so well in the first half.

And Parades conceded a sloppy free-kick in the 71st minute.

De Bruyne shaped up to shoot, but left it to Mahrez who bent the free-kick through the wall and into the bottom-left corner.

PSG lost all composure, and minutes later, Gueye was sent off for a reckless challenge on Gundogan.

Still all to play for in the second leg next Tuesday, but Man City have a massive, massive, two away goal advantage.

(Video) Mahrez scores! 71’… PSG 1-2 Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne shapes up to shoot but leaves it to Mahrez.

And the left-footer curls the ball through the wall (somehow) and into the bottom left corner!

Man City are in dreamland! What a second half of football!

Whatever Guardiola said at half-time has worked, clearly! Two HUGE away goals heading into next week’s second leg at the Etihad!

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(Video) Kevin De Bryune scores! 64’… PSG 1-1 Manchester City

Man City’s corner is worked across the edge of PSG’s penalty area to De Bruyne.

The City captain shifts the ball onto his right foot and bends what looks like a cross into the far corner!

Navas is beaten and caught out at his far post!

Man City have been absolutely phenomenal in the second half, PSG haven’t got near them!

And Guardiola’s men have a MASSIVE away goal in this Champions League semi-final tie!

PSG were the better side in the opening 45 minutes, but Pep’s clearly put a rocket up his team during the half-time team talk.

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Half-time Report: Marquinhos gives PSG lead… PSG 1-0 Manchester City

Manchester City trail Paris Saint-Germain at half time of their Champions League semi-final first leg at Parc des Princes.

Marquinhos gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a 15th minute lead, powering home a header from Angel Di Maria’s in-swinging corner.

The Ligue 1 giants have been the better side, but Phil Foden did spurn a glorious chance to pull City levek on the stroke of half time.

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Chelsea plot swoop for enterprising Ligue 1 youngster

Chelsea are reportedly plotting a £10.5m swoop for Metz’s teenager star Pape Sarr.

The Senegal midfielder, 18, has enjoyed a dramatic rise into the French side’s first-team this term.

As well as attracting admiring glances from a host of big clubs, he has also earned international recognition.

Sarr won his first cap for his country in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo last month.

That came only four months after his league debut for the French club in November.

Now L’Equipe claims Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have joined the growing list of teams queuing up to try and sign him.

But the Blues will face stiff competition for Sarr’s signature. Premier League rivals Everton and Newcastle are also keen on the starlet.

Real Madrid captain Marcelo reveals they had premonition “Madrid could fail to win”

Marcelo has revealed that there was general expectation that Real Madrid could fail to beat Chelsea in the first leg of the semi final in Spain on Tuesday.

Karim Benzema cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s, with the west London club going into the second leg with an away goal advantage.

“We knew it could happen [that Madrid could fail to win], but there’s another game [to be played],” Marcelo said post-game in comments carried by Marca.

“We’re fine and we know what we have to do. The second leg will be different. We don’t choose the rhythm of the game, we have to adapt to what it is. We’re well and we’re calm.”

Marcelo was appreciate of Benzema’s contribution, but underlined the importance of the collective. “The team is more than 25 players,” he said.

“We’re working hard every day. I’m happy that Karim scored, but above all we came out with our heads up. We’re working hard, doing things we think we can do well. Real Madrid will always fight to the end.”

Sevilla interested in Chelsea playmaker as part of Blues’ deal for in-demand defender Jules Kounde

Reports in Spain claim Sevilla are interested in taking Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech as part of the Blues’ bid for Jules Kounde.

French defender Kounde is rumoured to be one of the hottest properties of the summer transfer market.

A strong second season with Sevilla has helped put the LaLiga club in position for an unlikely late title challenge.

And Manchester United are said to be monitoring the player, along with Chelsea.

Spanish outlet El Gol Digital have claimed that Ziyech could be key to unlocking the deal.

Selling the midfielder as part of Kounde’s move to West London could reportedly chop 50 per cent off the transfer fee.

Thiago Silva’s wife slams Timo Werner

Thiago Silva’s wife, Isabelle da Silva, aimed a dig at Timo Werner during Chelsea’s draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Thomas Tuchel’s side took the lead through Christian Pulisic but Karim Benzema scored Madrid’s equaliser to make it 1-1 in the Spanish capital ahead of next week’s semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Werner, meanwhile, had another game to forget as he missed an excellent chance to put Chelsea in front as his clear-cut opportunity from close range was saved by Thibaut Courtois.

And Isabelle da Silva, who was watching the game at home with her children, was less than impressed with Werner’s latest miss.

In a video uploaded to her Instagram account during the first half, Isabelle da Silva said: “This is karma, guys.

“Every team I go to there is a striker who keeps missing goals… this Werner, what is his name?”

In a second video posted on her account, Isabelle da Silva added: “We need a goal, we need to win this match but my attackers don’t want to score, I don’t know why they don’t score.”

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