Live Match Preview – R Madrid vs Chelsea 12.04.2022

The Champions League quarter-final matches continue this week, starting with the title holder Chelsea heading to Real Madrid on Tuesday, before Liverpool and Manchester City play on Wednesday.

The quarter-final second leg matches begin on Tuesday, as defending champions Chelsea try to work their way up from a 3-1 first-leg loss to 13-times champions Real – with Villarreal also playing at Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola City – New from Sunday’s delightful 2-2 draw against rivals Liverpool for the title – They will also head to the Spanish capital, where they face Atletico Madrid, and lead 1-0 in the second leg after last week’s victory over Al Ittihad, and are looking to reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row.

Liverpool hosts Benfica at Anfield with one foot in the quarter-finals, after winning 3-1 in Lisbon last Tuesday, while the team continues its quest for a historic quarter-final, with one eye in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday against City on Saturday.

Wednesday 20th April 7:00 PM

Starts at 7:45 PM


Prepared week or break for Chelsea

Chelsea face the gruesome task of becoming the second team in Champions League history to come from two behind after losing the first leg at home when they play at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Chelsea team news

  • Romelu Lukaku will not travel to Spain for the second leg quarter-final match against Real Madrid
  • Cesar Azpilicueta re-tested negative for Covid and is with the group
  • Ross Barkley is ill and expected to miss

If Chelsea do not succeed in Spain, Chelsea’s entire season will depend on Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final result against Crystal Palace at Wembley, with the Blues resting in third and no hope of claiming the title of late.

Chelsea have recovered well after back-to-back defeats against Brentford and Real after beating Southampton 6-0 on Saturday, but manager Thomas Tuchel still feels that a return is unlikely.

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Free to watch: Highlights from Chelsea’s victory over Southampton in the Premier League.

“We don’t need anything else but a great scenario,” Chelsea coach Tuchel said on Monday.

“The mission and the challenge are incredibly difficult and against whom we play and where we play. We are allowed to dream, sometimes it is important to imagine things and dream about them.

“It will not change the focus, we will support our team, we will try hard. It is a sport, it is a game, and that is the beauty of the game, that anything is always possible.”

Is Chelsea “at a disadvantage” against Real Madrid?

Chelsea lost the Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-1 to Real Madrid
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Chelsea lost the Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-1 to Real Madrid

Tuchel believes Chelsea face a “big flaw” in overturning their Champions League delay against Real Madrid, with the Spanish side managing to make five substitutions all season.

Premier League clubs have voted to reintroduce the five-member rule next season, but they have only been able to use three players domestically in this campaign.

“Above all, we wanted it to be more physical but we didn’t work hard or hard enough in the first match,” he said.

Karim Benzema celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Chelsea
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Karim Benzema celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Chelsea

“Secondly, we have a huge handicap in terms of fitness because Real Madrid has a full year with five changes and we play the most demanding league, we play most matches all season and throughout 2022, so it’s not always easy to play. You play a physical game.

“We are a team that needs physical strength, intensity, commitment and investment to be a special team. We couldn’t do that enough in the last game.

“It was also because of their quality and their ability to slow down the game and control the game by possession of the ball.”

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Carlo Ancelotti takes responsibility for the loss
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Carlo Ancelotti could go down in Champions League history on Tuesday night

Chelsea goalkeeper, Edward Mendy, conceded three goals in the first leg against Real Madrid, the same number of goals he scored in his previous 10 Champions League matches combined. His mistake that led to Real Madrid’s third goal was also the first in 20 matches in the competition.

Real Madrid players Karim Benzema (1) and Vinicius Junior (4) have helped each other five times combined in the Champions League this season; More than any teammate duo. In fact, Vinicius Junior’s four passes in favor of Benzema are also the most from player to player in 2021-22.

No Chelsea player was directly involved in more Champions League goals under Thomas Tuchel than Christian Pulisic (6 – three goals and three assists), while the American also scored the Blues’ only goal away from home against Real Madrid in last season’s semi-final.

Benzema has scored 11 goals for Real Madrid in the Champions League this season, already the most a French player has scored in a single season in the history of the European Cup/Champions League. His 11 goals this season are the number of goals he scored in the previous two editions of the tournament combined (six in 2020-21 and five in 2019-20).

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is looking forward to qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals for the eighth time in his career; He has the most in common with a coach in the history of the competition, along with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho (eight times).

In the 16 matches he imagined for Chelsea in the competition, Benzema scored 40 per cent of the goals he conceded in the Champions League (4/10). Although he only played one leg, this is already the most goals Chelsea have conceded in a knockout match under Tuchel (3).

Chelsea are tracking with two goals from the first leg at Stamford Bridge, while they will have to equalize their biggest margin of victory away from home in the Champions League knockout stages to force extra time (they won two goals on three occasions). They have only scored more than two away goals in the knockout stages of the competition once previously, beating Liverpool 3-1 in 2008-09.

Real Madrid have advanced from nine of their previous 10 encounters in the Champions League knockout stages when they won the first leg away, and their only exit in this scenario was against Ajax in 2018-19 (2-1 away, 1-4 in the match). Homepage).

This will be Chelsea’s first-ever match at the Santiago Bernabeu in the European competition, as last season’s away game at Real Madrid was played at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. No English team has ever won at the Bernabeu in the Champions League by more than one goal, with Real Madrid losing only three out of 12 matches (W6 D3).

Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge was their first victory over Chelsea in the European competition, having drawn twice and lost three of their first five such encounters. The last team to beat Chelsea in a Champions League knockout match was Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the 2019-20 season.

Will Villarreal stun Bayern again?

Villarreal find themselves just 90 minutes away from reaching the Champions League semi-finals since 2006 – when they lost to Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger – after Arnott Danjuma’s 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in El Madrigal last Wednesday.

Six-time champions Bayern Munich have lost their last five Champions League knockout matches in which they were late after the first leg, with four of those encounters against Spanish teams.

Villarreal coach Unai Emery, a former Arsenal player, has won more Europa League titles than any other coach, but is looking to reach the Champions League last four for the first time in his career.

The big week for Manchester City and Liverpool continues

The Premier League title race remains on edge after Sunday’s shock 2-2 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool – and there is no let up between the title contenders, as both played a Champions League match on Wednesday before facing each other in the semi-finals. The FA Cup at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

City dominated the first leg against Atlético Madrid, but maintained a modest 1-0 lead in the second leg in Madrid after a back-to-the-wall display from the La Liga side in Manchester. Diego Simeone’s men will have to be more advanced in their game on Wednesday night, as they need two goals to advance without penalty kicks.

In the meantime, Liverpool may be able to alternate against Benfica after Luis Diaz – who signed from Porto in January – came off the bench to secure a 3-1 win for his new team upon his return to Portugal last Tuesday. Diaz did not start for the Federation on Sunday, so he is likely to do so at Anfield against Benfica.

round of 16

first leg matches

Tuesday 15 February

Wednesday 16 February

Tuesday February 22

Wednesday 23 February

return matches

Tuesday March 8

Wednesday March 9

Tuesday 15 March

Wednesday 16 March

Quarter-finals

first leg matches

Tuesday 5 April

Benfica 1-3 Liverpool

Man City 1-0 Atletico Madrid

Wednesday 6 April

Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid

Villarreal 1-0 Bayern Munich

Tuesday 12 April

Bayern Munich – Villarreal (8 pm)

Real Madrid-Chelsea (8 pm)

Wednesday 13th April

Atletico Madrid – Manchester City (8 pm)

Liverpool – Benfica (8 pm)

semi final

Benfica / Liverpool – Villarreal / Bayern Munich

Man City / Atletico Madrid – Chelsea / Real Madrid

The first matches are scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27; Second stop on Tuesday 3 May and Wednesday 4 May.

ultimate

It is scheduled to take place on Saturday 28 May at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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