This is the game the whole world is waiting for, hoping for a miracle, but expecting Real Madrid to make it to the semis.
Chelsea were punished for their mistakes by the unforgiving Karim Benzema who scored a hattrick in consecutive Champions League matches, and if the away goals rule was still in existence, the Blues would have to climb a mountain higher than the Everest to make it to the next stage.
The 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge clearly outlined the differences between these two sides, even though they both have the best managers in the game.
Missing Romelu Lukaku due to injury will not cause Thomas Tuchel any sleepless nights because he has Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to count on in Madrid, but do they have enough in them to get past David Alaba and co?
The Bernabeu is a fortress
Real Madrid have lost only twice at home this season, against Sheriff Tiraspol in the competition’s group stages and to Barcelona, and have won five of their previous six.
The Spanish giants defeated PSG 3-1 in their last European home game and have won seven of their past nine Champions League home games, and they appear fair value to make it eight in ten against Chelsea.
We anticipate a stronger performance from Chelsea following their disappointing performance in the first leg, and while they do have a good away record, they have struggled against great opponents on the road, losing to Juventus in Europe and Manchester City in the Premier League.
Chelsea will score, at least
Real have conceded in six of their last ten games overall and have kept just one clean sheet in their last four at home, so we may see goals at both ends and a 2-1 home victory is our score decision.
Chelsea have scored in each of their previous eight away games, and they found a way past Real Madrid in the first leg, so the Premier League side should be able to score even if they are unable to battle back and qualify for the final four.
Benzema bagged a hat-trick in the first leg and will look to add to his tally when Chelsea visit. The Frenchman did not score against Getafe on Saturday, but he had scored in each of his previous seven games, totaling 13 goals, and in each of his three Champions League appearances at the Bernabeu this season.
Real Madrid’s possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Nacho, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Chelsea’s possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso; Ziyech, Mount; Havertz