June 6, 2023

Live coverage from Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea team welcome Real Madrid to west London for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final match-up

Welcome to football.london’s live coverage of Chelsea vs Real Madrid from Stamford Bridge. The Blues once again face-off with their Spanish rivals after Thomas Tuchel’s side dispatched Los Blancos in the semi-finals of the Champions League en route to winning the competition last season.

On this occasion Chelsea are in search for a place in the final four having defeated Lille in the last 16 to earn the right to face Carlo Ancelotti’s men. The Spanish team had a tougher task as an inspired Karim Benzema hat-trick saw Los Merengues overcome a 2-0 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea will be hoping to rediscover their form following the 4-1 defeat to Brentford in the Premier League, despite the reputation of the opposition. In his last outing in Europe Tuchel claimed a competition record with more wins than any other manager in his first 50 Champions League matches. He will no doubt want to continue to improve upon that.

Follow all of the action with Adam Newson, Scott Trotter and Jake Stokes who bring every moment in the build up to and action from kick-off at 8pm.

Ancelotti ignored Hoddle’s wish – sad times, someone grab me a tissue to wipe my tears

Glenn Hoddle urged Carlo Ancelotti to play Gareth Bale against Chelsea this evening. But, the Italian boss obviously didn’t take note – is Bale’s omission from the starting-eleven good or bad for Tuchel?

What’s the reason behind Gareth Bale’s omission?

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Do Chelsea have an advantage over Real Madrid?

The two sides have only ever faced off five times in competitive fixtures. The most recent was last season’s semi-final tie behind closed doors.

The other three games played came from before the turn of the century, with a UEFA Super Cup win going the way of the Blues in 1998. The two other games came in the old European Cup Winners Cup, with a 1-1 draw in the first leg followed up by a 2-1 win for Chelsea in 1971.

This evening’s odds with Betway

Betway have Chelsea as this evening’s favourites. Could the Blues repeat the success they enjoyed last season?

Chelsea: 11/10
Draw: 9/4
Real Madrid: 13/5

Real Madrid XI confirmed

Real Madrid have shocked everyone and released their team already… more than two hours before kick-off at Stamford Bridge! No Gareth Bale.

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Real Madrid star set for Chelsea audition

Thomas Tuchel can use Chelsea’s clash against Real Madrid as the perfect opportunity to finalise his interest in Eder Militao. The Blues want to sign the Brazil international in the summer and have requested a meeting ‘in the near future’ to explore the possibility of luring him to Stamford Bridge, according to Spanish outlet Marca.

Thiago Silva drops team news hint

Taking to Instagram, Silva posted a pre-match hype graphic of himself gearing up for the game against Los Blancos. It means he could be one of the key centre-backs either in a three or a four, depending on how Tuchel wants to match up with Carlo Ancelotti’s system.

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