Real Madrid are the favorites for their round of 16 comeback at the Bernabeu against Chelsea (9 pm) this Tuesday, with a serious advantage achieved in the first leg (3-1) at Stamford Bridge. But the defending European champion, even reduced, may not have said his last word.
The disappearance of the away goals rule still allows Chelsea to hope to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but Real Madrid will open the round of 16 with a big advantage, much less for a feat. leaves the place. The meeting will be broadcast on television on RMC Sport 1 and Canal+ and on radio on RMC this Tuesday at 9 pm.
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Reversing the situation seems almost impossible for the Blues, who would be without Lukaku (heel injured), Hudson-Odoi and Chilwell at kick-off: “Obviously we don’t have the biggest chance of passing after the first leg. Given the competition, the rivalry and the stadium where we are going to play, it will be very difficult”, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel anticipated in a press conference a day earlier.
Ancelotti: ‘Chelsea will be better tomorrow’
Last week, a hat-trick from Frenchman Karim Benzema for his second successive in the competition after a round of 16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain sealed the Spaniard’s victory at Stamford Bridge (3-1). With the away-goal advantage rule abolished, a 2-0 success for the Blues will allow them to push La Liga leaders Madrid into extra time.
Real are also expected to suffer: “We all know the match will be difficult, estimates Carlo Ancelotti. We have to concentrate well for 90 minutes. We have to play as we played in the first leg but We must know that our opponent will do everything to win (…) The only way we can prepare for this match is to think that Chelsea will be better tomorrow and they will be ready. Others. We know That we will suffer and we are ready to suffer.”