In what looked like a formality, Real Madrid host Chelsea in the return fixture of the Champions League quarterfinal. Karim Benzema’s second hattrick in as many European knockout games resulted in the Spanish giants taking a huge step to qualification.
Zidane gave a breather for the two midfield legends
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric finished Saturday’s Real Madrid home game against Getafe on the bench. It was a straightforward night for Carlo Ancelotti as he’s gunning for becoming the first coach to win all top-five leagues.
Both Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior also substituted off late in the game as Madrid kept their 12 points gap with FC Barcelona, who will have the El Classico bragging rights after their 4-0 victory last month.
Their focus seems to be on adding another Champions League trophy to the cabinet. After crushing PSG’s dreams, Real Madrid set to eliminate the defending champions, Chelsea, from the competition on Tuesday.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Tuesday 12th April 2022, and the entire match will be available on BT Sport 2.
Chelsea recovered with a heavy win at Southampton
There were new faces on the scoresheet with Timo Werner netting twice as Chelsea recorded a massive win away at Southampton following successive defeats. Both of their previous defeats came in front of their fans at Stamford Bridge.
Newly-promoted side Brentford dismantled Chelsea 4-1 in a game with all the goals scored after the break. And it was the turn of Benzema to shine four days later at Bridge with a sublime hattrick.
Although the Premier League battle is between Man City and Liverpool, Chelsea also have the FA Cup to look forward to as they face Crystal Palace at Wembley in one of the semifinals.
A first Madrid win over Chelsea last week
Kai Havertz scored on another big European night, but the match was once again devoted to Real Madrid’s king Benzema. The Frenchman netted successive hattricks away from home in the Champions League. And it was also Madrid’s first win against Chelsea in regular time in the sixth time of asking.
Real Madrid & Chelsea Team News
Eder Militao is suspended because of accumulated yellow cards. Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard struggled to meet previous expectations at Madrid, and they both are out of this game due to injuries.
Cesar Azpilicueta tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell is out of the season due to a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Formality or Chelsea giving it a go?
The only team that managed to overturn a two-goal home deficit in the Champions League era was Manchester United when they eliminated PSG in a memorable tie. For one, historically, Bernabeu is a far more daunting task than the Parc des Princes. And Madrid will never forget Chelsea are the defending champions of the competition.
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