Tonight, the Champions League quarter-finals feature a highly anticipated first-leg match-up between Real Madrid and Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu. This is the third consecutive season that the two teams have faced each other, with last year’s tie being particularly dramatic, as the Blues won in Spain before almost completing a remarkable comeback at Stamford Bridge, only for Karim Benzema to score again in extra-time.
Chelsea come into the match in a precarious position, having suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Wolves in Frank Lampard’s first match back as interim boss, following the sacking of Graham Potter.
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Sitting in 11th place in the Premier League and trailing the top four by 17 points, they need to win the Champions League to secure a spot in Europe’s elite club competition next season. They make three changes for the match, with Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, and Thiago Silva coming into the team.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are hoping to win their 15th European title and their sixth in the past decade. However, they are currently well behind Barcelona in LaLiga after a loss to Villarreal. They present a formidable challenge for Chelsea, and the match promises to be an exciting one. Follow the action live with expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at the Bernabeu!