Real Madrid vs. Chelsea: Tuchel's Charges in Quest for Redemption

April 10, 2022
Benson Chikezie

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022
Playoffs: Quarterfinals, 2nd Leg
Santiago Bernabèu, Madrid.

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Defending champions Chelsea will face record-holders Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabèu in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg on the 13th of April. The game kicks off at 00:30 IST.

Two fine headers by Karim Benzema and a howler from Edouard Mendy presented the Blues with their heaviest home loss in the Champions League this season. Ancelotti’s men play with one foot already in the semis, while the visitors hope to overcome their two-goal deficit and advance to the next round.

Teams Status

Take a look at the latest form and team news from Real Madrid and Chelsea:

Real Madrid Form and Team News

La Liga leaders Real Madrid are flying high and made a statement of intent courtesy of Karim Benzema in the first leg against Chelsea. Los Blancos put in a strong shift against a side they had lost to in the semifinals last season, bettering them on every part of the pitch. They also produced an incredible performance to see off Paris Saint Germain in the Round of 16.

Ancelotti’s men are powering their way towards another La Liga crown. With seven wins, two losses, and one draw in their last 10 games in all competitions, they look capable of delivering the goods when needed. Star man Karim Benzema has lifted his team this season with 11 Champions League goals.

For injuries and suspensions, Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic, and Eden Hazard are sidelined with injuries and may not play a part when Real Madrid host Chelsea.

Chelsea Form and Team News

The Blues went on a slaloming run of six straight wins, then collapsed to two straight losses in which they conceded 7 goals. Key players have been uncharacteristically out of sorts in those two games, with Mendy giving away the third goal against Real Madrid.

The mood seemed to be generally low around Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with the London outfit seemingly overwhelmed by the off-field issues rocking the club. Tuchel’s men responded finely away at Southampton, putting six goals past their opponents to restore some confidence against the showdown at Madrid.

Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi remain sidelined with injuries, and Romelu Lukaku seemed to have picked up a knock and may not be a part of Chelsea’s trip to Madrid.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Real Madrid plays at home and already holds a two-goal advantage over the Londoners. Hence, they are favorites to win on the sportsbooks at Parimatch, Melbet, and The odds for a Real Madrid win are placed at 2.41, 2.482, and 2.40, respectively. For a draw, the odds stand at 3.45, 3.62, and 3.40, while a win for Chelsea is placed at 3.00, 2.965, and 2.94 odds, respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

Real Madrid produced a masterclass at Stamford Bridge, capitalizing on a sloppy performance by Chelsea. Ancelotti’s men are reenergized by the form of Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois and will hope for a repeat of their exploits in London.

Chelsea has responded well to back-to-back losses against Brentford and Real Madrid with a 6–0 win over Southampton during the weekend. Thomas Tuchel’s men will need to put on a show if they seek to turn the tie around. Here are our tips for this fixture:

Tip: Both Teams to Score @ 1.75

Chelsea will need to be on their best form to turn this tie around and go all out against a Real Madrid side who have not been entirely convincing in defense. Real have genuine attacking threats in Benzema and Vini Jnr, so we expect goals from both sides and a highly competitive encounter. Both teams to score is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.75 odds.

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.25

The first leg produced 4 goals, and there was an average of 2 goals per match when both teams met in the Champions League last season. Chelsea know they need multiple goals to have any chances at progressing, and Real Madrid are not exactly a side we expect to sit back and defend their lead. Over 1.5 goals is available on the sportsbook at 1.25 odds.


Real Madrid will be confident of progressing after establishing a two-goal lead over Chelsea, but they know how dangerous Tuchel’s side can be, especially in their best form. We expect a highly entertaining game like in the first leg with numerous chances created by both teams.

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