Short: At Stamford Bridge, where players from both sides go out on the field, the last pre-match formalities are taking place. They line up on either side of French referee Clement Turpen and his team of officials in front of the Champions League anthem, which is muffled by noise from the stands.
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Chelsea: Mehndi, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Cante, Georgino, Aspilicueta, Mount, Pulisic, Havertz.
Subscriptions: Orisabalaga, Alonso, Kovacic, Lukaku, Werner, Loftus-Chick, Betinelli, Chaloba, Saul, Zieh, Kennedy, Sar.
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Eder Militao, Alaba, Mendi, Modric, Kazemira, Kroos, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Subscriptions: Vallejo, Nacha, Asensia, Marcela, Lunin, Lucas, Bale, Sebalos, Rodrigo, Mariana, Camavinga, Fuidias.
Judge: Clement Thurpen (France)
Employees of today’s match
- Judge: Clement Turpin
- Assistant arbitrators: Nicholas Denos and Cyril Gringor
- Fourth official: Francois Letexier
- Video Assistant Judge: Jerome Brisard
Cibo Courtois: As Carlo Ancelotti has not flown to London to date after a negative test on Covid, yesterday he was unavailable to perform his duties in the media.
His son and assistant David was expected to take his place tonight, although his lack of a UEFA professional license may have ruled him out. Old “Chelsea” Thibaut Courtois was ready to talk about the chances of “Real”.
“The tie was different last season,” he said of Real’s departure a year ago. “There were no fans and it was in the semi-finals. It’s a new season, it’s the first match of the 1/4 finals and we all feel really good and know what’s at stake. We will give our all to win the game. If we produce the right level of intensity, we are able to win. ”
Thomas Tuchel: “The Champions League is very difficult all the time,” said the Chelsea manager during a pre-match press conference. “It is, of course, difficult and demanding. But at the same time it is what we love. We can handle it, but it’s something we choose and love. This is what we are dealing with. It’s nice to have such an experience. “
“We need to realize that teams with such quality, flair and experience can create a special occasion. For us, this is also a special case, and so we feel very excited. We want to prove ourselves tomorrow. The occasion is special and the opponent is special. That’s why we are delighted. “
The stone in Real’s shoes: This is how “Chelsea” was described in today’s issue of the Spanish sports daily Marca, given the difficulties that “Real” has experienced against them in previous meetings.
Chelsea beat Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final last season and have never lost to their Spanish side in their previous five matches since 1971 – one would have thought there would be more.
Ben Chillwell remains long-term absent from Chelsea and is unlikely to play again this season, while Calum Hudson-Odoi is unlikely to play tonight as he cares for several different back and Achilles injuries. Christian Pulisic is again fighting for a place in the starting lineup after resting over the weekend after his late return from international duties in the US.
Rhys James ’return to physical form could push Thomas Tuchel to move to the top three defenders, with James and Marcos Alonso acting as defenders. Ruben Loftus-Chick could concede from a losing side to Brantford for Matteo Kovacic or Jorgeninho.
Eden Hazard has left Real Madrid after undergoing surgery that could end the season and will not reunite with his former Chelsea partners. Isca, Miguel Gutierrez and Luka Jovic also dropped out of Los Blancos.
Chelsea host Real Madrid in the first match of an appetizing quarter-final match that is almost impossible to name. The reigning champions have established their place in the last eight, with a fairly simple victory over Lille, while Real have advanced thanks to a laudable comeback against Serial Champions League champions Paris Saint-Germain. A return that was both amazing and monotonously predictable.
Missing Real’s La Liga win over Celta Vigo over the weekend, Carlo Ancelotti returns to his old pitch, arriving the day after his team finally gave a negative test to Covid after days of trying.
Start at “Stamford Bridge”, where on Saturday “Chelsea” was completely defeated by Brantford, at 20:00 (Moscow standard time). In the meantime, stay tuned for news and team development.