Chelsea face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday
The Champions League continues this week and after Man City and Liverpool won on Tuesday, it’s Chelsea’s turn to take centre stage as they bid to reach the semi-finals.
The first legs of the quarter-finals continue on Wednesday, with reigning champions Chelsea hosting Real Madrid and Villarreal taking on Bayern Munich ahead of the second legs next week.
Will Chelsea bounce back after Brentford defeat?
Champions League holders Chelsea come into their first leg this week off the back of a shock 4-1 defeat to Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday.
“Once we had [the opener] we stopped defending and gave three goals away in 10 minutes. It was very untypical and killed the game for us,” Blues boss Thomas Tuchel said after the game.
After a relatively easy last-16 tie with Lille, which Chelsea won 4-1 on aggregate, they face a much sterner test in 13-times Champions League winners Real Madrid
They had a much tougher last-16 match, producing an astonishing comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate. However, a damaging recent El Clasico defeat to Barcelona – losing 4-0 in La Liga – shows Real Madrid may not be the daunting opponents the draw would suggest.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – Team news…
Chelsea trio Jorginho, Reece James and Mateo Kovacic could all return to Thomas Tuchel’s starting line, having been on the bench for their 4-1 defeat at home to Brentford at the weekend.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has not travelled with the Real Madrid squad to London after undergoing an operation to remove a metal plate in his right leg.
Forwards Luka Jovic and Isco are also missing for the visitors.
Tuchel calls on Chelsea fans to create intimidating atmosphere
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has issued a rallying cry to Chelsea fans ahead of their Champions League first-leg tie with Real Madrid.