Champions League 2022-23 : Real Madrid vs Chelsea Match Preview and Lineups

Real Madrid vs Chelsea
GAME Real Madrid vs Chelsea
DATE 12/04/2023
TIME 12:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Santiago Bernabéu

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Match Preview of Real Madrid vs Chelsea

Real Madrid and Chelsea will face off in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of Real Madrid, will reunite with his former club after overseeing a 6-2 aggregate win over Liverpool in the last 16, while Chelsea overcame a first-leg deficit to defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

Real Madrid has prioritized Champions League title number 15 as they aim to eliminate an English team from a knockout tie for the fourth time in a row. They have earmarked this as priority number one, as their Catalonian counterparts continue to ride off into the sunset. However, Chelsea has not lost to the defending champions since being put to the sword by Porto in 2004-05, winning two and drawing four for the longest-ever unbeaten streak against the European cup holders.

Last year, fans were treated to a blockbuster quarter-final between Real Madrid and Chelsea, where a 3-2 Bernabeu win was in vain for the Blues as Real advanced 5-3 on aggregate to end the West London club's defense of their crown. Exactly 365 days on from triumphing in the Spanish capital, Chelsea will commence an identical revenge mission.

Real Madrid will likely recall several big names to the starting lineup, including Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eder Militao, and Eduardo Camavinga. The same can be said for Chelsea, with N'Golo Kante expected to make a swift recall to the fold alongside Dortmund hero Ben Chilwell. However, Mason Mount is a doubt for the Bernabeu battle due to a recurrence of an abdominal issue, and Armando Broja and Cesar Azpilicueta are still on the road to recovery.

Only Ferland Mendy is absent from the Real Madrid squad due to a calf injury sustained in training last month, and he is the only injured player that the Real Madrid medical team is currently looking after. Meanwhile, Federico Valverde, who allegedly punched Villarreal's Alex Baena after the game, should be available for Wednesday's game despite Baena filing a complaint with the police.

Our Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Chelsea possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Kepa; James, Fofana, Koulibaly, Chilwell; Kovacic, Fernandez, Kante; Sterling, Havertz, Felix

Who will win the match?

Real Madrid is predicted to win 3-1 against Chelsea in the upcoming match. Although Chelsea has a history of performing well against Champions League winners, their unbeaten streak against the current holders is expected to come to an end in a convincing fashion. Despite Villarreal's success in exposing weaknesses in Real Madrid's defense under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti, the team rested some key players during their last game and are expected to enter the upcoming match with confidence. It's anticipated that they will secure a strong lead in the first leg before heading to Stamford Bridge for the second leg next week.

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