Lampard: ‘It will be different against Real Madrid’

Chelsea are facing a monumental task this evening as they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

The Blues travel to the home of the current European champions with faint hopes of causing an upset against Carlo Ancelotti’s impressive side. New caretaker manager, Frank Lampard, was unable to quickly turn around Chelsea’s fortunes during his first game back in the dugout with the Blues suffering a 1-0 loss to Wolves at the weekend.

The squad are low on confidence after a difficult season which has seen them lose two managers and fall well off the pace in the Premier League. Their only hope of redemption comes in Europe’s top competition and Chelsea must now defeat Real to progress.

Ancelotti’s men are likely to lose the La Liga title to Barcelona having lost their fifth league game of the season to Villarreal on Saturday. Their main prize this campaign is another Champions League trophy so they will want to inflict as much damage on Chelsea tonight before the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Follow all the action as Real Madrid host Chelsea in the Champions League:


Full-time: Real Madrid 2-0 Chelsea

90+5 mins: Mason Mount has a late chance to claw one back for Chelsea but Antonio Rudiger – his former teammate – denies him with a last ditch block.

The full-time whistle goes and Real Madrid win the game. They have a two goal cushion to bring to Stamford Bridge but a dogged effort over the final 30 minutes has kept Chelsea in with a chance of reaching the next round.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:54


Real Madrid 2-0 Chelsea

90+2 mins: Chance! David Alaba sprints in behind down the left wing and collects a threaded pass that splits Chelsea’s defence. He lifts a cross into the box and forces a fingertip save out of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The goalkeeper pushes the ball back into the middle where Karim Benzema nods a quick effort over the crossbar!

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:52


Real Madrid 2-0 Chelsea

90 mins: Five minutes of added time to play.

Chelsea need to stay switched on during stoppage time, a late goal here could end their chances of reaching the Champions League semi-finals.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:50


Real Madrid 2-0 Chelsea

86 mins: Dani Carvajal picks up a yellow card after dragging Marc Cucurella to the deck. The Real defender is frustrated by not being awarded a free kick of his own.

Chelsea have hung on well. They’ve two goals down but it’s been a decent response from them since Ben Chilwell’s sending off.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:47


Real Madrid 2-0 Chelsea

83 mins: Aurelien Tchouameni gets a run out for a few minutes having replaced Toni Kroos for Real Madrid. The host’s bench is so strong and all their substitutions so far could easily have started this game.

Seven minutes or so to play.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:45


Real Madrid 2-0 Chelsea

80 mins: 10 minutes to go at the Bernabeu. Frank Lampard’s changes seem to have brought Chelsea slightly more control though Real Madrid are not really trying to push for a third goal.

Dani Ceballos comes on to replace Luka Modric for the hosts.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:40


Real Madrid 2-0 Chelsea

77 mins: Conor Gallagher and Mason Mount are sent onto the pitch to replace Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante. It’s a brave move from Frank Lampard as Chelsea cannot allow themselves to concede another goal.

Though difficult it is possible to come from two goals down to progress through a second leg but trying to overcome a three goal deficit would need a miracle performance.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:37


GOAL! Real Madrid 2-0 Chelsea (Asensio, 74’)⚽️

74 mins: That’s that for this match and possibly even the tie.

Chelsea concede a corner that Real Madrid play short. Toni Kroos guides the ball into the box for Vinicius Jr who pulls it back to Marco Asensio.

The substitute sidefoots a first time effort at goal and beats the outstretched hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga. Real Madrid double their lead.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:34


Real Madrid 1-0 Chelsea

72 mins: Marco Asensio and Antonio Rudiger are both introduced by Carlo Ancelotti. Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo both go off.

A Reece James corner for Chelsea is swung straight onto the head of Rudiger whose first touch is a headed clearance.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:30


Real Madrid 1-0 Chelsea

69 mins: Chelsea are getting overrun in midfield when they try to play it out from the back. Luka Modric nicks the ball back and slips a pass into the box for Rodrygo.

Chalobah comes across and shoves the Real forward off the ball before Kepa Arrizabalaga drops low to scoop it up.

Mike Jones12 April 2023 21:28

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