Real Madrid visits the Stamford Bridge stadium this Wednesday from 2:00 pm (Colombian time) to start the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Chelsea, defending the title and immersed in an institutional crisis, in a game in which the Madrid team will want to prolong their euphoria in the competition after eliminating PSG.
Almost a year after the blues ended the dream of the ‘Decimocuarta’ with a lot of authority after drawing in Madrid (1-1) and winning in London (2-0), the Madrid team faces the start of their particular revenge against a rival less ‘fearsome’ than in that occasion and with problems unrelated to sports due to the sanction of the British Government for the links of the still owner Roman Abramovich with Vladimir Putin.
Thus, initially, Stamford Bridge was not going to have an audience again, but finally the authorities changed their minds and the fans will be able to cheer on the champion, who hopes to find again in his intensity the way to hurt a Real Madrid that never has won and that offers some doubts at the moment and that he hopes to have the lesson learned from Paris and last year.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team once again demonstrated their idyll with the Champions League with their comeback against PSG, who ‘KO’d them for 150 minutes. A magical aura took over white feudo to catapult the team to a new vibrant European night led by Karim Benzema and the mission now will be to continue with that good work and extend that momentum and enthusiasm.
Real Madrid has just shown in Balaídos that it is not at its best, but it got three vital points in its fight to win LaLiga Santander and necessary after the debacle of the Clásico. Thus, he maintained a wide cushion for a final stretch of the season full of highly demanding games in which his aspirations will be played out in the two competitions in which he is still alive and which will have his next stop against Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Chelsea will look to spoil the party again
In any case, Chelsea arrives at this first leg of the quarterfinals in the midst of a club crisis due to the sanctions against Abramovich and with the uncertainty of what will happen in the nearest future. A complicated situation that until this weekend had not been transferred to the field of play when the blues they fell resoundingly (1-4) against Brentford, a loss that cut their winning streak of six consecutive games.
With confidence and morale shaken, the reigning champion of the competition, executioner of Lille in the round of 16, crosses the path of Real Madrid again, although now he will begin his task at Stamford Bridge, his solid fort where he has kept a clean sheet and has prevailed in the last six Champions League games, his ‘bullet’ of the season, since in the Premier League they are 14 points behind City.
Tuchel only has Chilwell confirmed, although Hudson-Odoi, due to injury, and Christensen, are doubtful. Thus, everything indicates that he will remain faithful to his scheme of three central defenders, with captain Azpilicueta as the head of the defense, accompanying Rüdiger and Chalobah, with a midfield commanded by Kanté and Jorginho and the quality in attack of the dynamic Havertz and Pulisic, good tests for Militão and Alaba.
Channel and time to see the first leg of the quarterfinals
Tuesday April 5
Benfica 1-2 Liverpool – 2:00 p.m. on ESPN
Manchester City 1-0 Atlético de Madrid – 2:00 pm on ESPN 2
Wednesday April 6
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid – 2:00 p.m. on ESPN
Villareal vs. Bayern Munich – 2:00 pm on ESPN 2.