Welcome to Chelsea vs Real Madrid
The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals bring a mouth-watering tie between two European heavyweights as Chelsea take on Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge with the winners to face either Man City or Atletico Madrid as their prize for progressing.
Carlo Ancelotti has tested negative for Covid-19 and arrived in London today to meet up with the squad and continue with his managerial duties after missing Real’s 2-1 win at Celta Vigo after testing positive for coronavirus on 30th March.
Former blues forward Eden Hazard has not travelled with the Real squad after undergoing an operation to remove a metal plate in his right leg.
Luka Jovic and Isco are also absent for Spain’s 13-time Champions League winners.
Ben Chilwell remains out for the long term and Callum Hudson-Odoi is sidelined with a back problem and sore achilles.
Christian Pulisic should be in contention after missing out on the weekend due to jetlag following his return from USA duty.
Jorginho, Reece James and Mateo Kovacic could all return for Chelsea after being on the bench for The Blues’ shock 4-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge at the hands of Brentford.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss the second leg if he is booked this evening, as will Real Madrid’s Eder Militao.