On Tuesday evening, the UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie between Chelsea FC and Real Madrid CF is set. However, the defending champions are travelling to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with several setbacks. First, they have to overturn the 3-1 deficit due to injury and would be without their Romelu Lukaku.
The prolific striker did not score last week in the first leg in Stamford Bridge, but he was one of the few threats that challenged the Real Madrid defense. He is now out of the return leg due to injury after missing Chelsea’s 6-0 victory over Southampton in the Premier League. He is suffering from an Achilles injury.
In addition to Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi is also out, but the Blues are happy to regain their captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, back from a bout with Covid-19. After being free of his, the Spaniard tested positive last week and returned to the squalidness.
Chelsea will be hoping to launch a massive comeback on their opponent’s home turf. They played better against Los Blancos over the two legs in last year’s semi-finals, but their final match is an entirely different case. Last season, the match was witnessed by a lesser audience at the Santiago Bernabéu, thanks to the renovations being done at the Spanish club’s main stadium.
Hence, this is the first time for Chelsea to experience the pressure in front of the Santiago Bernabéu faithful. Of course, the 3-1 deficit does not make things any easier. However, manager Thomas Tuchel believes that all is not lost, and they need to believe in their abilities. “It’s worth trying in sports. It’s a beauty of the game that everything is always possible,” Tuchel concluded.