Chelsea are looking to overturn a two-goal deficit against Real Madrid to progress into the Champions League semi-finals.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are in the driving seat heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge after a convincing 2-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu last Wednesday in the first leg.
Despite Frank Lampard’s side having several chances to put it past Thibaut Courtois into the back of the net, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio punished Chelsea either side of the interval to claim a win and put the current holders into the ascendency heading into the clash in London.
Chelsea are huge underdogs and their European hopes are hanging by a thread. They have suffered three defeats from Lampard’s opening three matches in charge since his return and Real will be looking to inflict more misery on the Blues as they look to continue their defence of their Champions League crown.
Lampard slammed his side after losing to Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 in the Premier League ahead of the quarter-final clash and is hoping for a response from his players to give the low-mood supporters something to cheer about.
“What matters is what we deliver on the pitch,” said the 44-year-old. “I don’t think what I say will make the fans come and be anything else than what they normally are on a Champions League night when Real Madrid is there and it’s an opportunity to try and turn something around. I don’t want to go ‘please come and support us positively’, I know they’ll do that.
“We have to play with that energy and fight. That’s the bare minimum. Of course organisation against Real Madrid, they’re a top team. It’s up to us, nothing is on the fans for this one, it’s up to us as a squad in terms of the game on Tuesday.”
Here is all the information for the Champions League clash in the English capital:
Date, kick-off-time and location
The Champions League clash between Chelsea and Real Madrid will kick-off at 8pm (UK) on Tuesday 18th April 2023, with the game being played at Stamford Bridge, London.
How to watch Chelsea vs Real Madrid
For those based in the United Kingdom, it will be available to watch live on BT Sport.
Chelsea team news to face Real Madrid
Kalidou Koulibaly will miss the game after sustaining a hamstring injury in the first leg. Ben Chilwell is suspended.
Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante were rested at the weekend and both are expected to return to the side against Real Madrid in the capital after training on Monday.
Kai Havertz missed out due to a slight knee problem but was back involved in training at Cobham after Lampard confirmed he hoped the Germany international would be fit in time for the quarter-final clash.
“Kai has had a little issue with his knee, which he felt in Madrid on Wednesday night,” revealed Lampard on Saturday. “He should be fine for Tuesday (against Real Madrid at home).”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek also trained ahead of the tie after missing the Brighton defeat with a back injury.
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