Take your eyes off the Chelsea fans
Last season’s return between the two at this venue was a true classic that ended in heartbreaking style for Chelsea.
Chelsea will win 3-0 tonight. I say to the fans: have a lot of faith
The latter statement is certainly true. Chelsea have not scored in three and now face one of the toughest away games in European football.
Starting XI: Real Madrid
No place for Rudiger
Former Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger will start on the Real Madrid bench tonight.
Valverde ready to be available
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eder Militao and Eduardo Camavinga were all rested at the weekend as Madrid were defeated 3-2 by lively Villarreal.
They are all set to return to the fray tonight for Carlo Ancelotti, as is Fede Valverde, despite allegedly punching an opponent after the match.
The Uruguayan claims that Alex Baena made a personal comment to him, an allegation that Baena has denied.
Baena has filed a police report but there is currently little to suggest that Valverde will be unavailable tonight.
Chelsea at a crossroads
Has Chelsea’s season gone off the rails yet? Yes is probably the answer, but the only thing keeping their respectability is their presence at this stage of this competition.
They are underdogs, and rightly so, for this quarter-final, but this wouldn’t be the first time this competition has brought out the best in a Chelsea side who have simultaneously been poor at home.
In Lampard, they have at the helm a man who played a key role in one of those seasons and while echoes of Monaco in 2012 are but a distant memory for Chelsea fans stuck in this current malaise, they offer at least some hope.
The true reach of “some” in that context seems pretty dim. Time will tell.
Great night at the Bernabeu
By Ella Bebbington
Hello and welcome to our Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream.
The bottom two UEFA Champions League winners will meet in the first leg of the quarter-finals at the Santiago Bernabéu. This match will see the sides meet in the knockout stages for the third consecutive season as both sides hope to progress to next month’s semi-finals.
So what are the key talking points? Carlo Ancelotti’s reunion with Chelsea looks like a good starting point Tonight Ancelotti will face his former club Chelsea following his departure as manager in 2011. Since then, Ancelotti has worked at PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Everton before returning to Madrid in 2021. Last season he scored twice, winning La Liga and the Champions League in Paris.
With Ancelotti having thrived at Real since his return, Chelsea have struggled throughout the season and are currently undergoing a managerial change which now sees club legend Frank Lampard return as interim manager.
Ancelotti showed his support for Lampard’s appointment, saying: “Having 20 years more experience than him will not be decisive. He was a great player, a fantastic professional, and he knows very well what can happen in a match like this.”
Despite this, Madrid still go into tonight’s match as favorites against a confidence-fighting Chelsea side. Line-up expectations Real suffered a 3-2 defeat in their last match against Villarreal.
Ancelotti has opted to rest several players in the squad, including the likes of Luka Modric, Eder Militao and Federico Valverde, so these players are expected to return to the starting XI. Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante missed Chelsea’s last game against Wolves, but both were in training on Monday which means they could be in contention to start.
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