Chelsea’s last chance for success this season is at home against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.
Frank Lampard has lost his first three games as manager, falling to Wolves, Real Madrid by a 2-0 scoreline in the first leg, and Brighton last weekend. It would be nothing short of a miracle if he suddenly discovered a formula at Chelsea that resulted in a 3-0 victory over Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who remain dominant in the Champions League.
Chelsea and Real Madrid will face off in the Chelsea vs Real Madrid of UEFA Champions League on 19th April 2023 at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, England.
Know the Match Details
Competition: Chelsea vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 19th April 2023
Kickoff: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, England
Chelsea had at least a dozen players who were not part of the protocol for almost the entire season.
That number is now slightly lower, but 6-7 players will be unable to perform, including Ben Chilwell due to a red card and Aubameyang, Broja, Koulibaly, Chukwuemeka, and Badiashvili due to injuries.
Chelsea Possible Starting Lineup:
Kepa; James, Fofana, Silva, Cucurella; E. Fernandez, Kante, Kovacic; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix
Apart from Vinicius Junior, who has a muscle problem, Kroos, who has the same type of injury, and earlier Mendy, who was not very active during the season.
Real Madrid Possible Starting Lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Chelsea have lost two of their last three UEFA Champions League matches against Real Madrid, both in the competition’s quarterfinals.
- Real Madrid had previously defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge; no team has ever won two away games against the Blues in the UEFA Champions League.
- Real Madrid has advanced from 18 of their last 19 UEFA Champions League matches in which they won the first leg by two or more goals, with their previous failure coming against AS Monaco in the 2003-04 season.
- Chelsea overcame a first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16 – only two teams in UEFA Champions League history have overcome such deficits in both the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals.
Statistics for Chelsea and Real Madrid
Chelsea are currently 11th in the league table and have been in dismal form this season. The home team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion over the weekend and will need to bounce back in this game.
Real Madrid are currently second in La Liga and have been quite impressive thus far this season. Los Blancos defeated Cadiz 2-0 in their previous game and will look to repeat the feat this week.
- Chelsea has lost two of their last three European matches (W1) against Real Madrid, both in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals over the last two seasons. They hadn’t lost any of their previous five games against them (W3 D2).
- Chelsea’s only home UEFA Champions League defeat in the last two seasons came against Real Madrid in April 2022 (W7 D1). No away team has ever won two Champions League games against the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
- Chelsea were defeated 2-0 away at Real Madrid in the first leg of this tie. The Blues, on the other hand, have advanced from five of their last seven UEFA Champions League matches despite losing the first leg away from home, and have done so in each of the last two when losing by two clear goals (vs Napoli in 2011-12 and Paris Saint-Germain in 2013-14).
- Real Madrid has advanced from 18 of their 19 UEFA Champions League matches after winning the first leg by two or more goals, with the exception of the quarter-final against Monaco in 2003-04 (4-2 first leg, 1-3 second leg, eliminated on away goals rule).
- Despite losing the first leg against Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea advanced to the UEFA Champions League last 16 this season. Only two teams have reached the semi-finals after overcoming first-leg deficits in both the last 16 and quarter-finals in the same season: Monaco in 2003-04 and Roma in 2017-18.
- Real Madrid has won their last five UEFA Champions League knockout games, which is the competition’s joint-longest winning streak in knockout games. Only Barcelona (seven consecutive wins against English clubs between 2014 and 2016) has a longer winning streak against English clubs.
- Karim Benzema’s last 11 UEFA Champions League goals have all come against English teams, and his last 14 have all come in the competition’s knockout stages, the longest such run by a player in Champions League history. Benzema has 14 goals and two assists in his last nine knockout stage appearances for Real Madrid.
- In his last 20 UEFA Champions League appearances for Real Madrid, Vincius Jnior has been involved in 20 goals, scoring 10 and assisting 10. Since the start of last season, the Brazilian has been the only player in the competition to reach double figures in both goals and assists.
- Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernández is one of only three players in the UEFA Champions League this season to have initiated 100+ sequences of play after recovering possession (101), along with Joshua Kimmich (110) and Stanislav Lobotka (105).
- Toni Kroos of Real Madrid has made more game-changing passes (170) than any other player in the UEFA Champions League this season. Indeed, he has the highest percentage of line-breaking passes (23.8%) among players with 200+ passes completed.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Prediction
Real Madrid are currently in excellent form and appear to have turned their season around. The Spanish behemoths are a formidable force in Europe, and they will be determined to maintain their dominance in the competition this season.
Chelsea are currently going through a difficult transition and are desperate for a positive outcome. On paper, Real Madrid is the superior team and should be able to win this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Real Madrid to win at the odds of 1.75.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Key Player:
Karim Benzema – Karim Benzema appears unstoppable in the Champions League knockout stages, particularly against English opposition. Benzema’s last 11 UEFA Champions League goals have all come against English teams, and his last 14 have all come in the competition’s knockout stages, the longest such run by a player in Champions League history. Benzema has 14 goals and two assists in his last nine knockout stage appearances for Real Madrid.