Wednesday, July 24

Chelsea to host Real Madrid in Champions League quarters

Agencies

The Champions League continues this week and after Man City and Liverpool won on Tuesday, it’s Chelsea’s turn to take centre stage as they bid to reach the semi-finals.

The first legs of the quarter-finals continue on Wednesday, with reigning champions Chelsea hosting Real Madrid and Villarreal taking on Bayern Munich ahead of the second legs next week, Skysports reported.

Defending Champions Chelsea play their first leg on Wednesday night at Nepali Standard Time 12:45 am off the back of a shock 4-1 defeat to Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday.

“Once we had [the opener] we stopped defending and gave three goals away in 10 minutes. It was very untypical and killed the game for us,” Skysports quoted the Blues’ boss Thomas Tuchel as saying.

After a relatively easy last-16 tie with Lille, which Chelsea won 4-1 on aggregate, they face a much sterner test in 13-times Champions League winners Real Madrid.

They had a much tougher last-16 match, producing an astonishing comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate. However, a damaging recent El Clasico defeat to Barcelona – losing 4-0 in La Liga – shows Real Madrid may not be the daunting opponents the draw would suggest.

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