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Chelsea vs Real Madrid Champions League quarter-final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg between Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Thiago Silva has been a fixture in the Chelsea defence in Europe this season
Thiago Silva has been a fixture in the Chelsea defence in Europe this season AFP via Getty Images

Chelsea and Real Madrid meet in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday 6 April.

Chelsea vs Real Madrid at a glance

When: Wednesday 6 April (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Stamford Bridge, London
What: UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg (second leg 12 April)
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Semi-final opponents: Man. City or Atlético

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Where to watch Chelsea vs Real Madrid on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

What do you need to know?

Watch all of Chelsea's Champions League goals
Watch all of Chelsea's Champions League goals

Chelsea will hope lightning strikes twice as the Blues host Madrid in the quarter-finals: last season the sides met in the semi-finals, a 2-0 home win at Stamford Bridge sealing a 3-1 aggregate success. And the rest, as they say, is history. N'Golo Kanté was the driving force behind that triumph, picking up player of the match awards in both legs (and the final!) and he is likely to be at the heart of things again. But watch out for another Frenchman, Karim Benzema, following his heroics against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.

Starting line-ups

Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger; James, Kanté, Jorginho, Mount, Azpilicueta; Havertz, Pulišić
Misses next match if booked: Loftus-Cheek

All of Real Madrid's goals so far
All of Real Madrid's goals so far

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Éder Militão, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Valverde, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior
Misses next match if booked: Éder Militão

Form guide

Chelsea
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
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Where they stand: 3rd in Premier League, FA Cup semi-finals

Real Madrid 
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
: WLWWWW
Where they stand: 1st in Liga

Away goals rule abolished

There has been a rule change for 2021/22: ties level after the second leg will go to extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required, irrespective of the number of away goals a team has scored.

Expert predictions

Joe Terry, Chelsea reporter
Chelsea's surprise 4-1 loss to Brentford on Saturday ended an unbeaten streak over 90 minutes stretching back to mid-January, but Thomas Tuchel is refusing to make a drama out of it, and cannot afford to with Real Madrid coming to Stamford Bridge. A repeat of last year's semi-final, expect to see the Blues try to stifle their opponents with greater energy and push for as large a lead as possible ahead of the second leg.

2021 semi-final highlights: Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid
2021 semi-final highlights: Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid

Simon Hart, Real Madrid reporter
In last season's semi-final defeat at Stamford Bridge, Madrid were undone by the speed of Chelsea's transitions from defence to attack. This begs the question whether Ancelotti will look for extra legs in his midfield by calling on Federico Valverde. Where Madrid can take confidence is from Karim Benzema's goalscoring return at Celta on Saturday, after the Frenchman missed the 4-0 loss to Barcelona; the fact he joined Alfredo Di Stéfano as the club's joint-third highest scorer with 216 goals at the weekend underlines the captain's importance.

View from the camps

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea manager: "We should be very aware that teams with this kind of quality, flair and experience can produce a special occasion. For us, it's also a special occasion and it's why we feel pretty excited."

Christian Pulišić, Chelsea midfielder: "We got a good result [against them] last year and hope to do the same this year. It's a Champions League knockout game and it won't be easy, but given we won it all last season, we should feel confident."

Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid goalkeeper: "Last season's tie was different. There were no fans and it was at the semi-final stage. We're all feeling really good and know what's at stake. If we produce the right levels of intensity, we're capable of winning."

Where is the 2022 Champions League final?

The Stade de France in Saint-Denis will host the final on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.

The winners gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.