Chelsea vs Real Madrid promises to be an epic UEFA Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday (live, 3pm ET) at Stamford Bridge.
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The teams squared off in the semifinals last season, as Christian Pulisic was the star and Chelsea ended up beating Real Madrid and winning the trophy.
Things don’t feel too dissimilar as Chelsea and Real square off this season. At least on the pitch. Once again Thomas Tuchel’s side are in the top four of the Premier League but aren’t in the title race. Once again Chelsea aren’t the favorites to win the Champions League back-to-back but they’re a team nobody wants to play. Tuchel’s side suffered a shock 4-1 defeat at home against Brentford at the weekend and with the growing uncertainty around the club about their potential new owners, they need a big display in the first leg at home against Real Madrid.
As for Real, they are top of La Liga and have a comfortable lead over second-place Barcelona. But some cracks have started to show in recent weeks as they were hammered by Barca and their over-reliance on Karim Benzema is clear for all to see. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are a much better defensive unit and the experienced midfield trio of Modric, Casemiro and Kroos appear to control the tempo of games in their sleep. Real Madrid have plenty of big game experience and will hoping they can take Chelsea back to the Santiago Bernabeu at least level and then finish the job off on home soil. Benzema’s late brilliance saw Real get past PSG in the last 16 and they will need something similar to get past this stubborn Chelsea side.
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Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options
Ben Chilwell is out for the season but Chelsea’s only other injury concern is Callum Hudson-Odoi who has an Achilles issue. Christian Pulisic starts after he was rested for the defeat against Brentford following his late arrival back from World Cup qualifying.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 6, 2022
Real Madrid team news, injuries, lineup options
Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard is out after undergoing ankle surgery, while Luka Jovic and Isco are also out. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti recently tested positive for COVID-19 but has now tested negative and will be with the team in London.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) April 6, 2022
Chelsea vs Real Madrid odds (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
(+105) Chelsea vs Real Madrid (+275). Draw: +235
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