Cezar Azpilicueta

Chelsea captain Cezar Azpilicueta knows Real Madrid ‘will demand everything from them’ when the two sides meet in the Champions League quarterfinals. 

The defending champions stormed the quarter-finals of Europe’s biggest club competition with an easy win against Lille, and they were drawn against the record Champions League winners.

This is the second successive season they are facing the Los Blancos, having knocked them out 3-1 on aggregate on their way to winning the title.

Speaking while on international duty with Spain, Azpilicueta further said circumstances have changed from last season when they played behind closed doors.

“We know it will be a difficult tie facing a club like Real Madrid, they are the team that has won the Champions League the most times. They are coming off a great tie against PSG, where they showed their strength.

“It’s going to be hard to beat them but we’re the champions and we have to show it because it’s a tie and an opponent that will demand everything from us.’

“Last year we were fortunate enough to beat Real Madrid and qualify for the final, but we know this will be a complicated tie with different circumstances. We still don’t know if we will play behind closed doors because of the sanctions or not, although of course, we hope we can play with a crowd.

“So these are different circumstances. Then there were no supporters, now we hope to have them at Stamford Bridge for the first game. It also changes in Madrid because last year we played at the sports city at Valdebebas, now we are going to do it at the Bernabeu,”

The Blues have navigated through a rough patch to put together an impressive winning run and will be confident facing Carlo Ancelotti’s equally exciting side.

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