June 14, 2024

Chelsea vs Real Madrid headlines first leg of quarter-finals; UEFA Champions League 2021-22

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Chelsea vs Real Madrid headlines first leg of quarter-finals; UEFA Champions League 2021-22

The  UEFA Champions League (UCL) 2021-22 resumes this week with the first leg of the quarter-finals. 

Chelsea knocked out Real Madrid in last season’s UCL semi-finals.

Defending champions Chelsea will welcome record 13-time UCL winners Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge for the first leg for a nail-biting tie. 

Chelsea, incidentally, knocked the Los Blancos out of last season’s UEFA Champions League in the semi-finals.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid will be eager to avoid a similar storyline this year and a positive result in their away leg can be crucial before the two-legged affair is settled at the Santiago Bernabeu two weeks later.

Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard won’t be returning to his old stomping grounds with the Real Madrid squad due to an injury. 

Playmaker Isco is also doubtful for the match.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, meanwhile, will miss defender Ben Chilwell.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic may also miss out. Coming into the match following a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Brentford FC, the Blues will have a point to prove in Wednesday’s match.

In another intriguing fixture, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone will be rekindling his old rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who will be visiting Madrid with his Manchester City team.

Having knocked out City’s cross-city rivals Manchester United in the round of 16, Atletico will now have eyes on another Mancunian scalp in the quarters.

Chelsea vs Real Madrid Champions League quarter-finals leg 

Schedule 

Tuesday, April 5

Benfica vs Liverpool 

Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid 

Thursday, April 6

Chelsea vs Real Madrid 

Villarreal vs Bayern Munich 

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