Real Madrid and Chelsea rekindle their rivalry in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday at the Bernabeu for a spot in the last four.
After guiding Liverpool to a 6-2 victory on the road in the round of 16, Carlo Ancelotti returns to his previous team, while the Blues overturned a first-leg deficit to upset Borussia Dortmund 2-1.
Real Madrid, who will also play Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final, has set winning the 15th Champions League title as their top priority as they look to eliminate an English team from a knockout match for the fourth consecutive time while their Catalan counterparts continue to ride off into the sunset.
Real hasn’t failed to score in a Champions League home game since an astonishing 3-0 loss to CSKA Moscow in December 2018, and all five of their recent European matches at the Bernabeu have ended in victories, but it’s obvious who handed Los Blancos their last continental defeat in front of the sea of white shirts.
The 2022–23 season will be the third consecutive year that Chelsea has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The Blues have remarkably avoided defeat by the reigning champions since Porto humiliated them in 2004–05, winning two and drawing four games to record the longest unbeaten streak against the European cup holders.
Last year’s quarterfinal between Real Madrid and Chelsea was a thrilling affair, with Real winning 5-3 on aggregate to halt Chelsea’s title defense despite the Blues winning 3-2 at the Bernabeu. Lampard and company will start a similar vengeance expedition exactly 365 days after winning in the Spanish capital.