The anticipation is palpable as the second round of the Champions League quarter-finals commences this week. In what promises to be an exciting clash, Chelsea will play host to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge, London, for the highly anticipated second leg of the quarterfinals.
In the first leg of this thrilling quarterfinal tie, Real Madrid emerged victorious, with Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio netting for Carlo Ancelotti's side, securing a commanding 2-0 win. Despite putting up a brave fight, the Blues failed to score and suffered a blow when Ben Chilwell received a red card in the 59th minute. Real Madrid dominated every aspect of the game.
This season has been difficult for Chelsea, and they currently sit in eleventh place in the Premier League standings. Their recent loss to Brighton, a shocking 2-1 defeat, has left them with much to prove in this game against the Madrid giants.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid is in second place in the La Liga standings and has been in fine form this year. They secured a convincing victory over Cadiz, who were facing relegation, thanks to goals from Nacho and Asensio. The Spanish giants will undoubtedly be a formidable opponent for Chelsea, who will need to put in a great deal of effort to secure a win.
We are expecting a thrilling game that will be won by Real Madrid.
The betting tip is...
Real Madrid to score first
The first leg of the Champions League quarter finals saw the Blues succumb to Real Madrid under the leadership of interim manager Frank Lampard, a revered club veteran, indicating that not much has changed in their fortunes.
Unfortunately, Ben Chilwell's suspension is the result of a rash tackle on Rodrygo, leaving Chelsea without his services in this crucial encounter.
Furthermore, Kalidou Koulibaly's absence from the squad is a significant blow due to a muscle injury, while Armando Broja and Carney Chukwuemeka's knee injuries have ruled them out for the match.
Frank Lampard will pick up the strongest XI for this game.
Predicted Lineup: Kepa, Chalobah, Fofana, James, Cucurella, Kante, Enzo, Kovacic, Mudryk, Havertz, Joao Felix
Real Madrid's manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has confirmed that Karim Benzema will spearhead the team's attack in their clash against Chelsea.
Despite sitting out the weekend's game, Toni Kroos and Vinicius Junior are expected to feature in the match and travel with the team to London. However, Real Madrid will be without the services of Ferland Mendy due to a muscle injury.
The same team is expected to play, which defeated Chelsea in the first leg of the quarter-final.
Predicted Lineup: Courtois,Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Nacho; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Our match prediction favors the Spanish giants to emerge victorious. Despite only holding a slender 2-0 advantage from the first leg, they showed their dominance and ability to control the game. In contrast, Chelsea failed to impose themselves and will need to put in an exceptional performance to turn things around.
The Blues' recent form has been concerning, with four losses and a draw in their last five games. This, coupled with the likelihood that they will need to take risks and open up against Madrid, leaves them vulnerable to being picked off on the counter-attack by a talented Real Madrid side.