CHELSEA host Real Madrid in a repeat of their Champions League semi-final from last season in the last eight of this year’s competition.
The Blues overcame Los Blancos 3-1 on aggregate last season to reach a final they eventually won against Man City.
Thomas Tuchel‘s side, however, prepared in the worst way at the weekend, losing 4-1 to Brentford in an astonishing Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid have also been in inconsistent form, losing an El Clasico clash with Barcelona 4-0 last month.
Chelsea will be confident they can do to Real what they did last year by beating them at The Bridge.
But Karim Benzema and Co will have a big say in whether the West London side can carry out their plan.
What time does Chelsea vs Real Madrid kick-off?
- Chelsea’s huge quarter-final with Real Madrid will get underway from 8pm UK time.
- The game will take place at Stamford Bridge in London.
- There will be a full capacity crowd in attendance at the match, with Chelsea fans now allowed to buy tickets following sanctions from the government.
What channel is it and can it be live streamed?
- Chelsea vs Real Madrid will be shown live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD in the UK.
- You can live stream the action from the BT Sport app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
- Coverage begins at 7.15pm.
Chelsea are still without Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi has both a back and an Achilles problem, so he won’t be available either.
Christian Pulisic could come into the side for Timo Werner, while Reece James is likely to start at right-wing back for the Blues.
Eden Hazard has a leg injury so he won’t be in Real Madrid’s squad to face his former side and Luka Jovic has an ankle issue.
Eder Militao risks missing out on the second leg if he receives a yellow card.
- Chelsea – 11/10
- Draw – 23/10
- Real Madrid – 14/5
- Chelsea to qualify – 8/11
- Real Madrid to qualify – 21/20
*Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct at time of publication.
Familiar foes settle differences
The pair met in the semi-final of last year’s competition with Chelsea winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge following a 1-1 stalemate in Spain.
Timo Werner and Mason Mount scored the goals to take them through.
Chelsea have not lost any of their previous five meetings against Real Madrid, winning three times and drawing twice.
Fans an important factor
The Chelsea coach spoke about how much of a better atmosphere it will be at Stamford Bridge with a near full capacity:
We need it and we need to be better on the pitch. We’re the first to admit it. But we need the crowd to be better. We need everybody on the front foot.
Comeback to haunt you
Real Madrid lost 1-0 in the first leg of their ‘round of 16’ tie with PSG with Kylian Mbappe scoring a late winner for the French side.
Mbappe did the same again in the return leg to put Pochettino’s side 2-0 up on aggregate before a quickfire hat-trick from Karim Benzema stunned the visitors.
After their momentous comeback, Madrid were brought crashing down to earth when they were humbled 4-0 by rivals Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu.
The return of Carleto
Carlo Ancelotti guided Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010 and will be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge this evening.
He also guided the club to a European Super Cup in the 2009/10 campaign.
En-route to the Premier League title his Chelsea side scored 103 goals with a +71 goal difference.
Welcome to Chelsea vs Real Madrid
The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals bring a mouth-watering tie between two European heavyweights as Chelsea take on Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge with the winners to face either Man City or Atletico Madrid as their prize for progressing.
Carlo Ancelotti has tested negative for Covid-19 and arrived in London today to meet up with the squad and continue with his managerial duties after missing Real’s 2-1 win at Celta Vigo after testing positive for coronavirus on 30th March.
Former blues forward Eden Hazard has not travelled with the Real squad after undergoing an operation to remove a metal plate in his right leg.
Luka Jovic and Isco are also absent for Spain’s 13-time Champions League winners.
Ben Chilwell remains out for the long term and Callum Hudson-Odoi is sidelined with a back problem and sore achilles.
Christian Pulisic should be in contention after missing out on the weekend due to jetlag following his return from USA duty.
Jorginho, Reece James and Mateo Kovacic could all return for Chelsea after being on the bench for The Blues’ shock 4-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge at the hands of Brentford.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss the second leg if he is booked this evening, as will Real Madrid’s Eder Militao.
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