The UEFA Champions League returns to action this week, with Chelsea facing Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in an important match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
Real Madrid and Chelsea will face off in the Real Madrid vs Chelsea of UEFA Champions League on 13th April 2023 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Know the Match Details
Competition: Real Madrid vs Chelsea, UEFA Champions League
Date: Thursday, 13th April 2023
Kickoff: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid has had a number of issues this season, particularly in LaLiga, and it appears that head coach Carlo Ancelotti is under a lot of pressure to succeed in the Champions League. Following a defeat to Villarreal, there were reports that the game against Chelsea would determine Carlo Ancelotti’s fate.
Ferland Mendy is injured and will miss the match against Chelsea.
Real Madrid Possible Starting Lineup:
Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba; Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos; Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior
Chelsea’s 2022/23 season was likely the worst in the club’s history. They’ve already fired two managers this season. Chelsea appointed club legend Frank Lampard as caretaker manager a few days ago. Still, Chelsea lost their first game under Lampard in Wolverhampton, indicating that nothing has changed for the Blues.
Chelsea will be missing Armando Broja and Thiago Silva in their match against Real Madrid. Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount are also suspects.
Chelsea Possible Starting Lineup:
Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ben Chilwell; Mateo Kovacic, Enzo Fernandez, N’Golo Kante; Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, Joao Felix
Real Madrid vs Chelsea Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Real Madrid and Chelsea are meeting in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages for the third season in a row; the two teams have won the competition once each.
- Chelsea has only lost one of their seven European matches against Real Madrid, the lowest loss percentage of any team that has played Los Blancos at least five times.
- Real Madrid has won their last nine knockout matches against English opponents over two legs, including their last three.
- Chelsea has only lost one of their last nine UEFA Champions League away games against Spanish opponents, and they are unbeaten in their last three.
- Real Madrid has scored in each of their last 30 home knockout games in the UEFA Champions League, with their previous failure coming against Barcelona in 2011.
Statistics for Real Madrid and Chelsea
Real Madrid cruised past Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals the other day, and they’ll take a lot of confidence from that as the season winds down. Eduardo Camavinga, who played left back, was one of the match’s standout performers. He might start there again. Another notable choice made by Los Blancos in recent lineups is the way Luka Modric has been used; it appears that he is being saved for these “crunch” games.
The return of Frank Lampard to the Chelsea managerial hot seat has been the big news of the week, and with such a big game coming up so soon in his tenure, how he sets his team up will be extremely interesting. Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are two notable names who will be absent due to injuries, potentially allowing Benoit Badiashile to enter the starting XI. Mason Mount, Lampard’s previous golden boy, is another player who could get a start.
- Real Madrid has won four of its last six games.
- Chelsea has gone four games without a victory.
- Chelsea has not scored in the last three games.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea Prediction
Chelsea have been in disarray this season and are in desperate need of a boost. The Blues suffered their first defeat under Frank Lampard’s second spell and will need to be at their best in this match.
Real Madrid were at their best against Barcelona, but they suffered another crushing defeat over the weekend. However, the Spanish giants are the better team at the moment and have the advantage going into this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Real Madrid to win at the odds of 1.45.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea Key Player:
Karim Benzema – Chelsea’s problems have primarily been in the goal scoring department this season. You cannot level the same charge against Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are led by Karim Benzema, who has been in sensational form recently, scoring back-to-back hat-tricks.
With his recent form and high ceiling of quality, it’s clear that he could be the difference in this match, and if anyone has the ability to almost single-handedly demolish the opponent’s hopes, it’s the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.