Chelsea are set to host Real Madrid in a rematch of the Champions League semi-final when the two sides square off in the quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
The Blues made their way to the last eight of the competition after they claimed a 4-1 win on aggregate over French outfit Lille over their two-legged fixture during the round of 16.
Chelsea managed to secure a comfortable 2-0 win over Lille in the first leg through goals by Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic before edging the same opponents 2-1 in the return leg as Pulisic and captain Cesar Azpilicueta scored the decisive goals to send the London side to the next round.
Real Madrid advanced to this stage of the competition after they came from behind to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain in their home and away leg in the round of 16.
Los Blancos were forced to endure a 1-0 defeat to PSG in the first leg through a late goal from Kylian Mbappe before they secured a 3-1 comeback victory at home to secure their progression to the last eight.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “The challenge cannot be much higher than playing the second leg in the Bernabeu with spectators.
“It is a big challenge and also there’s big excitement around this match and fixture. We know what is coming and it will be a tough challenge.”
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti: “Last year everything was physical, they passed over us.
“I can make a mistake once, but I don’t usually do it twice.”
In the last four meetings between Real Madrid and Chelsea in the Champions League, the Spanish side have the advantage having won two out of four games, while one game has ended in a draw and in the most recent games, the Blues came out on top by securing a 2-0 win in the semi-final to book their ticket to the final of the competition last year.
Tuchel will have a full squad with the exception of left back Ben Chilwell, who remains sidelined with a long term injury, Carlo Ancelotti will be without three key players in the form of Isco, Eden Hazard and Luca Jovic due to injury.
Kai Havertz will be hoping to put the Brentford game behind him and continue his scoring form after finding the back of the net four times in his last four matches across all competitions.
After missing Madrid’s humiliating defeat to Barcelona, Karim Benzema returned from a calf injury to bag a brace against Celta de Vigo over the weekend as he looks to add to the nine goals already scored in the Champions League.
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