Chelsea vs take on the visitors Real Madrid in the first leg of UEFA Champions League’s quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, April 6th at Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea started April with a shocking defeat. They were able to open the score against Brentford but the visitors, despite 30% possession of the ball, managed to answer with 4 goals. Thomas Tuchel himself later admitted that his men did not defend in the way they should in the Premier League. And in the Premier League there is no serious motivation – «Manchester City» with «Liverpool» cannot be caught up, and Chelsea won’t drop below the current 3rd place. So, the natural priority for April-May is to fight for the title in the Champions League. In 2021, the British suddenly managed to take the trophy, now they are in the quarterfinals. In the 1/8 finals they were opposed by «Lille», who aren’t as strong as today’s opponents.
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Real almost clinched the title of LaLiga. However, not everything is great for Ancelotti’s men, who recently suffered shocking 0-4 defeat at home in El Clasico. We should also remember elimination from the domestic cup by Athletic Bilbao. The team gained 69 points in 30 LaLiga matches and comfortably sit 12 points ahead of Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico. The team had no problems in the group stage of this competition but round of 16 was a tough 2-match clash with PSG. Parisians won home leg and had a lead at Bernabeu thanks to two goals from brilliant Mbappe, but Benzema’s genius turned the match around with astonishing hat-trick in last 30 minutes of the second leg. That triumph over strong opponents will definitely give the team wings to battle for their favorite trophy.
The teams met in last year semifinals of the Champions League. Chelsea drew 1-1 on the road and won 2-0 at home. Clearly, Real is set to revenge. Chelsea won’t count on Chillwell while Real won’t bring Hazard to London. Bookies believe that the hosts are favorites of the match but we can expect to see chances on both side of the field and scored goals by each of the opponents.