Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have a huge mountain to climb when they face Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final as their hopes of retaining their crown took a huge hit last week
Chelsea prepare for the mammoth task of defeating Real Madrid by at least three goals on Tuesday night as they look to overturn their 3-1 first leg defeat at Stamford Bridge last week, in which the Blues produced a gutless display against their Spanish opposition.
Karim Benzema stole the show in west London with his second consecutive hat-trick in the competition, which included two exquisite headers, and his side will be looking to capitalise once again here as they set about making the last four.
When is Real Madrid vs Chelsea?
Real Madrid vs Chelsea will kick-off at 8pm on Tuesday, April 12 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The last meeting between these two sides came in last week’s first leg of the tie, in which Karim Benzema inspired Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
The Frenchman scored two goals in three minutes to put the visitors 2-0 up with 24 minutes gone on the clock, and despite Kai Havertz halving the deficit in the 40th minute, Benzema struck within 60 seconds of the second half to secure a 3-1 victory.
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How to watch
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, while there will also be a live stream service online via the BT Sport app.
Coverage will begin at 7pm.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea odds from Betfred
Real Madrid – 29/10
Draw – 13/5
Chelsea – 9/5
*odds subject to change
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Carlo Ancelotti won’t want to change too much from last week’s 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge but will still be without a number of faces for this clash, including former Chelsea man Eden Hazard who remains sidelined.
Eder Militao will miss out through suspension, Jesus Vallejo has contracted Covid-19 and Isco remains out with, but Luka Jovic has recovered from an ankle injury, while Toni Kross and Luka Modric will be pushing for starts.
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Thomas Tuchel will be pleased with how his side responded to last week’s first leg defeat in their 6-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, and could stick with the majority of the side from the weekend, although he will be without four players for Tuesday’s second leg.
Cesar Azpilicueta (illness) has been deemed fit enough to travel to Madrid, but Romelu Lukaku (Achilles) and Ross Barkley (illness) have been left at home along with Callum Hudson-Odoi (calf) and Ben Chilwell (knee).