Latest in the UEFA Champions League, UCL, Quarter-final match between Chelsea vs Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Chelsea fully ready to defeats Real Madrid in their first leg match in the UCL match.
Chelsea Champions League defence continues on Wednesday night when they host the opening leg of their quarter-final match against Real Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel’s players have a difficult task in order to recover from their last excursion, which ended in humiliation at home to Brentford over the weekend. A devastating 4-1 loss to the Bees ended a run of six straight triumphs in all competitions, including a victory away at Lille that secured their place in this round of the Champions League.
A tense rematch of last year’s semi-final takes place, with Real Madrid looking destined for La Liga success to come May, despite some poor form in recent weeks. Here’s how Tuchel may prepare his team for this tantalising game.
Chelsea, who won the Champions League last season under Thomas Tuchel, breezed through the group stage with no problems. They did, however, drop a game on route to finishing second in Group H behind Juventus. In the Round of 16, the Blues breezed through LOSC Lille, winning 4-1 on aggregate. Chelsea, on the other hand, enters perhaps the most important game of their season after a 4-1 Premier League loss to Brentford.
Real Madrid finished first in Group D, cruising to victory despite a stunning defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol. Los Blancos were drawn against PSG in the Round of 16 and lost the first leg, but rallied in the second leg, spearheaded by Karim Benzema, to win 3-2 on aggregate. Carlo Ancelotti’s team came back from a devastating setback to Barcelona in La Liga before the international break, defeating Celta Vigo 2-1 in their most recent match.
A dissatisfactory Lille team was no match for their English rivals in the final stages, notwithstanding the uncertainties surrounding Chelsea’s ownership.
Chelsea had already qualified for the final eight with a 2-0 victory against Les Dogues at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, where Burak Yilmaz’s penalty gave Lille hope before Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta put an end to their hopes.
Chelsea had been focused on their on-field efforts until the weekend, when they succumbed 4-1 to Brentford at Stamford Bridge, leaving the home supporters stunned.
The Blues’ six-game undefeated run in all competitions came to an end heartbreakingly, but they haven’t been knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals since 2010-11 when they lost to Manchester United.
The Blues’ defence was repeatedly overrun by Brentford at the weekend, but Tuchel’s side enter the first leg having won their past five home Champions League games, five of which were clean sheets.