Real Madrid to defend title

Real Madrid to defend title

Real Madrid is looking to step closer to their aims of defending their Champions League title by winning the first leg of their quarter-finals match against Chelsea. This is an exciting battle, as these two squads are the last two winners of the contest. Real comes into this match from a 6-2 aggregate win against Liverpool in their Round of 16. As for Chelsea, they were able to overcome their first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund, in a 2-1 aggregate win. These two teams had a powerful finish for quarter-finals qualification. This meeting will be on April 13, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Real as hosts.

These two teams, meeting in the knockout stage is no longer new, as this is already the third consecutive time that they meet in this round. From their two knockout stage meeting in the Champions League, these two teams shared one victories each. Moreover, the hosts are successful meeting English opponents. They came out victorious against such opponents in their last nine knockout stage, drawing three matches. The visitors on the other hand is doing well against the visitors, losing only to two of their last seven matches against the hosts. With that, these two teams are both aiming for similar results in this match.

Real Madrid

Champions League: Real Madrid
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In their domestic league, Real is at the second place in La Liga league table, which is the result of their impressive campaign. However, they are coming in this game from a 3-2 defeat against Villareal in their previous match. With that, they are aiming to bounce back in this game, as they have a point to prove through this week. During their Round of 16 against Liverpool, they were able to show their brilliance. That win gives them the confidence for this match, despite suffering a defeat on their last match. Real are the defending champions in the Champions League, which is why they are aiming to have an early advantage through this match. This would give them a better opportunity to defend their title in the Champions League.

Real are fortunate coming into this match, as they only have one absentee for this match, with Ferland Mendy. Moreover, guys like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eder Militao, and Eduardo Camavinga, are all returning here. During their last match, their manager opted to rest them, in preparation for this match.


Champions League: Chelsea
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Chelsea recently have failed to be as impressive as they were, bringing them to the 11th of the Premier League league table. They have been struggling this season, which is why it is no longer surprising that they are at the mid-table. Just like Real, Chelsea is also from a 1-0 defeat against the Wolves. With that, they are in-need to work harder, in order to bounce back in this game. Chelsea’s form this season have been inferior, which is why they really need someone to step-up for them, so they could win their matches. They need to be at their best for them to win in this match, and move on from their internal issues.

Mason Mount who served a suspension during the second leg of their Round of 16, is a doubt in this match, due to an abdominal issue. Moreover, Armando Broja, and Cezar Azpilicueta are still recovering from their injuries. N’Golo Kante on the other hand is available in this match, after being absent in their match against the Wolves due to a hamstring injury.


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