Real Madrid Vs Chelsea Live Football Match Score 18/4/2023
Real Madrid host Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals. The two teams seem to be heading in opposite directions, as Madrid have gained a lot of momentum after their 0-4 win at the Camp Nou, while Chelsea have been struggling all season long. Real Madrid predicted XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Benzema. Chelsea predicted XI: Kepa, James, Fofana, Koulibaly, Chilwell, Enzo, Kante, Kovacic, Sterling, Felix, Havertz. Real Madrid shouldn’t take this Chelsea team lightly, though. They have quality players and Joao Felix will be a threat in his natural position on the left wing. Their midfield is very physical and Madrid could struggle if Kroos and Modric don’t bring their A-game tonight.
In the end, Ancelotti will likely go with what worked a week ago at the Camp Nou, even if it’d probably make more sense to start either Camavinga or Tchouameni as defensive midfielders. It is an unusual situation for a Champions League quarter-final to feature a team where their new coach is only one game into the job, but that is the case for Chelsea this season as they come into this first leg on Wednesday, April 12. They will be taking on Real Madrid, with Frank Lampard back at the club in an interim role. He has overseen one game so far and it was a 1-0 defeat against Wolves in the Premier League, meaning Real Madrid are certainly the favourites.
It is no secret that Carlo Ancelotti’s side seem to find a new level in the Champions League, but their recent 4-0 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey was also a big statement. Ferland Mendy is the only player that Real Madrid will definitely be without through injury, which is good news for Ancelotti. He rested plenty of players at the weekend against Villarreal too, such as Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eder Militao and Eduardo Camavinga. They could all be in line to start here. Mason Mount is back from suspension for this one but an injury issue means he is a doubt anyway. Armando Broja, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are all out and the likes of Benoit Badiashile, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng, Noni Madueke and David Datro Fofana are all not registered in the Champions League by Chelsea.
Real Madrid’s predicted XI (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius. Chelsea predicted XI (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Fofana, Koulibaly, Chilwell; Kovacic, Fernandez, Kante; Sterling, Havertz, Felix. The Champions League fixture between Real Madrid and Chelsea kicks off at 21:00 CEST, which is the local time in Madrid. That makes it a 20:00 BST kick off in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Fans in the USA can tune in at 12:00 PST or 15:00 EST. Fans in the UK wanting to watch the Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Chelsea can tune in on BT Sport 1.
In the USA, Paramount+ has access to every Champions League game, including Real Madrid vs Chelsea. Frank Lampard was back in the Chelsea dug-out for the first time since returning to the club as caretaker manager when we took on Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, but has embarked on a much longer away trip in midweek as we continue our Champions League campaign. Tomorrow night we take on reigning champions Real Madrid in the Spanish capital in the first leg of our quarter-final, and Lampard was pleased to confirm he will have close to a full squad at his disposal at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. ‘I think N’Golo’s a special player. I know the difficulties N’Golo’s had recently with injuries but in terms of coming back at a really high level, I witnessed him do that.
‘He did in the Super Cup against Liverpool a few years ago He passed a fitness test, hadn’t played for a long time and he was the best player on the pitch for 120 minutes. He has the capacity to do that because he’s a special player. ‘When we miss him as a club we miss him because of how good he is so it’s a positive that he’s back for sure.’ Lampard was asked whether Chelsea’s troubles this season have been in part down to a lack of experienced leaders within the squad or a lack of character in the team, but especially refuted the second suggestion. ‘I think you can only become a leader in action, there’s no point in calling someone a leader until they’ve shown why and done it on the pitch. We have a lot of players who have a lot of titles, so we can’t completely call ourselves young, because if you go through the squad I can see a lot of titles.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; James, Fofana, Silva, Cucurella; Fernandez, Kante, Kovacic; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
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