Holders Chelsea welcome 13-time winners Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge for the first leg of an intriguing Champions League quarter-final showdown.
Thomas Tuchel’s team came up on the rails to win last season’s competition – dispatching Los Blancos in the quarter-finals en route to Porto.
That feelgood factor has faded slightly however, with Chelsea falling from the Premier League title picture after the turn of the year before turmoil over the club’s ownership came to dominate matters of late.
The most significant change at Madrid since the previous encounters is Carlo Ancelotti succeeding three-time Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane as head coach and the ex-Chelsea boss will be in west London after recovering from a bout of coronavirus.
Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.
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Chelsea vs. Real Madrid live score
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid live updates and highlights
1hour 40 minutes to kick-off: So will it be repeat or revenge? Chelsea were deserved winners 3-1 on aggregate when these two met in the quarter-finals last time around. Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic excelled. Timo Werner scored from on the goal-line! Thomas Tuchel’s men are favourites to do the job again but, as their incredible comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round showed, you can never write off Real Madrid in this competition.
2 hours from kickoff: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of Chelsea vs. Real Madrid
Back to #UCL duty… 😎 pic.twitter.com/OcKNAPWArK
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 6, 2022
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid lineups
Christian Pulisic may come back into the Chelsea side after returning from international duty. Callum Hudson-Odoi has a back injury and joins Ben Chilwell on the absentee list.
Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-3): Mendy (GK) — Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger — James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso — Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic
The Spanish press indicates that Real Madrid are entertaining lining up with Federico Valverde as a fourth midfielder, with Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. up front. Benzema has 10 goals in his past six games.
Eden Hazard won’t get to play against his old club after undergoing an operation to remove a metal plate in his right ankle.
Real Madrid predicted lineup (4-3-3): Courtois — Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy — Kroos, Casemiro, Modric — Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
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How to watch Chelsea vs. Real Madrid
|Date||April 6||April 6||April 6||April 7|
|Time||20:00 GMT||15:00 ET||15:00 ET||05:00 AET|
|TV channel||BT Sport 2||CBS, Univision, TUDN||—||—|
|Streaming||BT Sport||fuboTV, Paramount+||DAZN||Stan Sport|
UK: The match will be carried by BT Sport 2 in the UK and streamed on the broadcaster’s online platforms.
USA: In the USA, the match will air nationally on CBS (English) and Univision and TUDN (Spanish) with all three channels available to stream on fuboTV, which also offers a free trial to new subscribers.
Canada: In Canada, every Champions League game streams live on DAZN.
Australia: The match can be seen on Stan Sport, which carries every UEFA Champions League match.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism