Dwell match preview – R Madrid vs Chelsea 12.04.2022

The Champions League quarter-finals proceed this week, and it begins with holders Chelsea heading to Actual Madrid on Tuesday, earlier than Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis play on Wednesday.

The second legs of the quarter-finals start on Tuesday as holders Chelsea attempt to claw their approach again from a 3-1 quarter-final first-leg defeat in opposition to 13-time winners Actual – with Villarreal additionally in motion at Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis – contemporary from Sunday’s exhilarating 2-2 draw in opposition to title rivals Liverpool – are additionally off to the Spanish capital as they face Atletico Madrid, taking a 1-0 lead into the second leg after final week’s win on the Etihad, trying to attain the semi-finals for a second consecutive yr.

Liverpool host Benfica at Anfield with one foot within the closing 4, after a 3-1 win in Lisbon final Tuesday, as they proceed their push for an historic quadruple, with one eye firmly on Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final in opposition to Metropolis on Saturday.

Wednesday twentieth April 7:00pm

Kick off 7:45pm

Make-or-break week for Chelsea

Chelsea face the monstrous process of turning into simply the second staff in Champions League historical past to overturn a two-goal deficit following a first-leg dwelling defeat after they play on the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.

Chelsea staff information

  • Romelu Lukaku is not going to journey to Spain for the quarter-final second leg in opposition to Actual Madrid
  • Cesar Azpilicueta has returned a adverse Covid take a look at and is with the group
  • Ross Barkley is sick and anticipated to overlook out

If they’re unsuccessful in Spain, Chelsea’s complete season rests on the result of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final in opposition to Crystal Palace at Wembley, with the Blues snug in third and having no hope of a late title push.

Chelsea recovered effectively after back-to-back defeats to Brentford and Actual by thrashing Southampton 6-0 on Saturday, however head coach Thomas Tuchel nonetheless feels a comeback is unlikely.

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“We’d like nothing else aside from a incredible script,” mentioned Chelsea head coach Tuchel on Monday.

“The duty and problem is extremely onerous and in opposition to who we play and the place we play. We’re allowed to dream, it is typically essential to think about issues and dream about.

“It is not going to shift the main focus, we’ll help our staff, and we’ll attempt onerous. It is sports activities, and it is a recreation, and that is the great thing about the sport, that the whole lot is feasible at all times.”

Are Chelsea at a ‘big drawback’ vs Actual?

Chelsea lost the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final 3-1 to Real Madrid
Chelsea misplaced the primary leg of the Champions League quarter-final 3-1 to Actual Madrid

Tuchel believes Chelsea face a “big drawback” in overturning their Champions League deficit to Actual Madrid because the Spanish facet have been capable of make 5 substitutions all through the season.

Premier League golf equipment have voted to reintoduce the rule of 5 subs subsequent season, however have solely been in a position to make use of three domestically on this marketing campaign.

“Initially, we needed it extra bodily however we didn’t work onerous or intense sufficient within the first match,” he mentioned.

Karim Benzema celebrates scoring his hat-trick vs Chelsea
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring his hat-trick vs Chelsea

“Second of all, we face an enormous drawback when it comes to physicality as a result of Actual Madrid has a complete yr with 5 adjustments and we play essentially the most demanding league, we play essentially the most matches all through the season and all through 2022 so it’s not at all times simple to play a bodily recreation.

“We’re a staff that wants the physicality, the sharpness, the dedication and the funding to be a particular staff. We couldn’t implement that sufficient within the final match.

“This was additionally as a consequence of their high quality, their capability to sluggish the sport down, to regulate the match by ball possession.”

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Carlo Ancelotti took responsibility for the loss
Carlo Ancelotti could make Champions League historical past on Tuesday evening

Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy conceded three targets within the first leg in opposition to Actual Madrid, as many as he had in his earlier 10 appearances within the Champions League mixed. His error resulting in Actual Madrid’s third objective was additionally the primary one he has made in 20 appearances within the competitors.

Actual Madrid’s Karim Benzema (1) and Vinícius Júnior (4) have assisted one another a mixed 5 occasions within the Champions League this season; essentially the most of any teammate duo. Certainly, Vinícius Júnior’s 4 assists for Benzema can also be essentially the most from one participant to a different in 2021-22.

No Chelsea participant has been straight concerned in additional Champions League targets beneath Thomas Tuchel than Christian Pulisic (6 – three targets, three assists), whereas the American additionally scored the Blues’ solely objective away to Actual Madrid in final season’s semi-final.

Benzema has scored 11 targets for Actual Madrid within the Champions League this season, already essentially the most by a French participant in a single marketing campaign in European Cup/Champions League historical past. His 11 targets this season is as many as he had scored within the earlier two editions of the event mixed (six in 2020-21 and 5 in 2019-20).

Actual Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti is trying to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League for the eighth time in his profession; the joint-most by a coach within the competitors’s historical past, together with Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho (eight occasions).

In Tuchel’s 16 video games accountable for Chelsea within the competitors, 40 per cent of the targets they’ve conceded within the Champions League (4/10) have been scored by Benzema. Regardless of solely having performed one leg, that is already essentially the most targets Chelsea have conceded in a knockout tie within the competitors beneath Tuchel (3).

Chelsea path by two targets from the primary leg at Stamford Bridge, whereas they should equal their greatest margin of victory away from dwelling within the Champions League knockout phases to implement further time (received by two targets on three events). They’ve solely scored greater than two targets away from dwelling within the knockout phases of the competitors as soon as beforehand, beating Liverpool 3-1 in 2008-09.

Actual Madrid have progressed from 9 of their earlier 10 ties within the Champions League knockout phases when successful the primary leg away from dwelling, with their solely elimination on this situation coming in opposition to Ajax in 2018-19 (2-1 away, 1-4 at dwelling).

This might be Chelsea’s first ever recreation on the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in European competitors, with final season’s away recreation at Actual Madrid being performed on the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium. No English facet has ever received on the Bernabeu within the Champions League by greater than a single objective, with Actual Madrid solely shedding three of the 12 video games total (W6 D3).

Actual Madrid’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge was their first victory in opposition to Chelsea in European competitors, having drawn two and misplaced three of their first 5 such conferences. The final facet to win each legs in opposition to Chelsea in a Champions League knockout tie was Bayern Munich within the Spherical of 16 in 2019-20.

Can Villarreal stun Bayern once more?

Villarreal discover themselves simply 90 minutes away from reaching a primary Champions League semi-final since 2006 – after they have been overwhelmed by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal – after Arnaut Danjuma secured a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich at El Madrigal final Wednesday.

Six-time winners Bayern Munich have misplaced the final 5 Champions League knockout ties during which they’ve trailed after the primary leg, with 4 of these cases coming in opposition to Spanish sides.

Villarreal head coach Unai Emery, previously of Arsenal, has received extra Europa League titles than some other supervisor, however is trying to attain the final 4 of the Champions League for the primary time in his profession.

Massive week for Man Metropolis and Liverpool continues

The Premier League title race stays on a knife edge after Sunday’s pulsating 2-2 draw between Man Metropolis and Liverpool – and there’s no let up for the 2 title rivals, with each in Champions League motion on Wednesday earlier than dealing with off in opposition to one another within the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.

Metropolis dominated the primary leg in opposition to Atletico, however solely maintain a slender 1-0 lead going into the second leg in Madrid after a backs-against-the-wall show from the La Liga facet in Manchester. Diego Simeone’s males should be extra progressive of their play on Wednesday evening, nonetheless, as they want two targets to progress with out penalties.

Liverpool, in the meantime, might be able to rotate in opposition to Benfica after Luis Diaz – signed from Porto in January – got here off the bench to safe a 3-1 victory for his new facet on his return to Portugal final Tuesday. Diaz didn’t begin on the Etihad on Sunday, so is probably going to take action at Anfield in opposition to Benfica.

Spherical of 16

First-leg fixtures

Tuesday February 15

Wednesday February 16

Tuesday February 22

Wednesday February 23

Second-leg fixtures

Tuesday March 8

Wednesday March 9

Tuesday March 15

Wednesday March 16


First-leg fixtures

Tuesday April 5

Benfica 1-3 Liverpool

Man Metropolis 1-0 Atletico Madrid

Wednesday April 6

Chelsea 1-3 Actual Madrid

Villarreal 1-0 Bayern Munich

Tuesday April 12

Bayern Munich vs Villarreal (8pm)

Actual Madrid vs Chelsea (8pm)

Wednesday April 13

Atletico Madrid vs Man Metropolis (8pm)

Liverpool vs Benfica (8pm)


Benfica/Liverpool vs Villarreal/Bayern Munich

Man Metropolis/Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea/Actual Madrid

First legs scheduled to be performed on Tuesday April 26 and Wednesday April 27; second legs on Tuesday Might 3 and Wednesday Might 4.


Scheduled to be performed on Saturday Might 28 on the Stade de France, Saint-Denis.

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