Chelsea rise to the challenge

Chelsea rise to the challenge

Chelsea remains optimistic of their chances against Real Madrid when they face each other for the second leg of their quarter-finals match in the Champions League. During the first leg, it was Real who took the advantage, earning a 2-0 win. However, despite being down by two goals. Chelsea remains positive that they can overturn this result, and eventually qualify for the next round. Nonetheless, Real is coming into this match with more confidence, as they earned a safe advantage. This meeting will be on April 19, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Chelsea as hosts.

These two teams already have several meetings in the Champions League prior to this match. From their last three matches, the visitors were able to record two wins, all coming from the quarter-finals. During the Raound-of-16, the hosts were able to overturn a first-leg deficit, a result they want to repeat in this match. They became only the second team to do such thing, which gives them the confidence here. The visitors on the other hand were able to progress in 18 of their last 19 Champions League ties by winning the first leg. This record is what gives them the confidence that they could protect that lead.


Champions League: Chelsea
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Chelsea is currently sitting at the 11th of their domestic league, the result of being in a bad form this season. They are coming into this match from a 2-1 loss against Brighton & Hove Albion in their domestic league. It is just unfortunate that they are coming from this result on the time they need a good run. Nonetheless, for this important match, they are hoping to bounce back from their recent losses. They are in a middle of a challenging transition, which is why they need possible results for this match. This is a do-or-die situation for Chelsea, but their journey could is indeed tougher here. They need to first overturn Real’s two-goal deficit, before getting a win and qualify for the next round. Fortunately, Chelsea is ready to take on the challenge and are still positive that they could win this.

It is just unfortunate that Ben Chilwell will be unavailable in this match due to his red card on their first leg. Moreover, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Armando Broja are also unavailable in this match due to their injuries. Luckily, there is a thin chance that Kai Havertz, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Carnet Chukwuemeka could return here. They still need assessment though before being given a green light in this match.

Real Madrid

Champions League: Real Madrid
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Real on the other hand is at the second spot of their domestic league, due to their impressive matches this season. In addition to their luck, they were able to score a 2-0 win against Cadiz on their last match. With that, they are hopeful that they can repeat the same result in this important match. They are actually a foot closer from entering the next round in the Champions League. All thanks to their dominating performance during the first leg, they now have a two-goal lead. However, Chelsea is not an easy team, and they will surely find ways to overturn the results. With that, Real needs to protect their lead, and earn as many goals possible to secure their spot. This is not impossible though as they are an impressive squad this season.

However, they will be without some of their guys like Vinicius Junior, Toni Kroos, and Ferland Mendy, who are all out due to their injuries.


Real Madrid (2.5)
Odds: -0.86
Real Madrid win on aggregate (4-1)

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