For the second season running Chelsea and Real Madrid meet in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, with the English side seeking a repeat of last season’s victory against opponents now coached by their former manager Carlo Ancelotti.
• Chelsea overcame Madrid 3-1 over the two-legged semi-finals in 2020/21 to preserve their unbeaten record against the Spanish club, who have not lost a tie at this stage of the UEFA Champions League since 2003/04.
• Both teams beat French opponents in this season’s round of 16, Karim Benzema’s hat-trick inspiring Madrid to a comeback victory against Paris Saint-Germain while Chelsea eased past LOSC Lille.
• This is one of two 2021/22 quarter-finals between former European Cup winners, Benfica’s tie against Liverpool the other.
• The winners of this tie will play Manchester City or Atlético de Madrid in the semi-finals.
• Chelsea were 3-1 aggregate winners against Madrid in last season’s semi-finals, goals from Timo Werner (28) and Mason Mount (85) securing a 2-0 second-leg victory at Stamford Bridge. The first leg in Spain had finished 1-1, Christian Pulišić’s 14th-minute opener for the visitors cancelled out by Benzema 15 minutes later.
• The teams had met in only three previous fixtures before last season – in two UEFA finals which were both won by Chelsea, who are therefore still unbeaten against Madrid. Their previous meeting before 2021 came in the 1998 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco, when a Gustavo Poyet goal seven minutes from time at the Stade Louis II gave UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup holders Chelsea a 1-0 victory against Madrid, who had qualified by winning the UEFA Champions League.
• The English club also came out on top in the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup final against Madrid in Piraeus. The first game finished 1-1, Peter Osgood’s 56th-minute goal at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium cancelled out in the final minute by Ignacio Zoco.
• Two days later at the same stadium, first-half goals from John Dempsey (31) and Osgood again (39) earned Chelsea their first European trophy despite Sebastián Fleitas pulling one back for Madrid 15 minutes from time.
• Chelsea’s record in European Cup quarter-finals is W8 L2:
2020/21 Porto W 2-1 (2-0 a, 0-1 h)
2013/14 Paris Saint-Germain W 3-3 away goals (1-3 a, 2-0 h)
2011/12 Benfica W 3-1 (1-0 a, 2-1 h)
2010/11 Manchester United L 1-3 (0-1 h, 1-2 a)
2008/09 Liverpool W 7-5 (3-1 a, 4-4 h)
2007/08 Fenerbahçe W 3-2 (1-2 a, 2-0 h)
2006/07 Valencia W 3-2 (1-1 h, 2-1 a)
2004/05 Bayern München W 6-5 (4-2 h, 2-3 a)
2003/04 Arsenal W 3-2 (1-1 h, 2-1 a)
1999/00 Barcelona L4-6 (3-1 h, 1-5 a aet)
• The Blues have won their last three contests at this stage, and eight of the last nine.
• This season, Chelsea looked set to take first place in Group H heading into the final round of matches after a 4-0 win at home to Juventus in their penultimate fixture had given the English club the head-to-head advantage over their Italian rivals following a 1-0 defeat in Turin. However, a Zenit goal four minutes into added time earned a 3-3 draw that left Chelsea on 13 points, two behind Juventus.
• The London club made it four victories from four at Stamford Bridge in this season’s competition with a 2-0 first-leg win against LOSC and then sealed progress with a 2-1 success in France.
• Chelsea claimed their second UEFA Champions League title in 2020/21 by beating Manchester City 1-0 in the all-English final at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão on 29 May, Havertz scoring the only goal in the first half – his first strike in the competition.
• The Blues had made smooth progress through their section (W4 D2) to finish ahead of Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes.
• With Thomas Tuchel having replaced Lampard as head coach in January, Chelsea then eased past Atlético in the round of 16, winning 1-0 in Bucharest before a 2-0 home victory, and held off Porto in the last eight (2-0 a, 0-1 h) with both matches played in Seville. Chelsea then got the better of Madrid in the semi-finals before claiming their second UEFA Champions League title against City.
• A 1-0 defeat at Juventus on Matchday 2 this season is one of only four in Chelsea’s last 28 UEFA Champions League matches (W18 D6).
• Chelsea have won eight of their last 14 European matches at Stamford Bridge (D4 L2), including the last six, all with clean sheets.
• Edouard Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 12 UEFA Champions League matches last season, the most in a campaign by a goalkeeper for an English side in the competition’s history. He has added another five from his seven appearances this term, conceding only two goals.
• Fourth in the Premier League in 2020/21 for the second season in a row, Chelsea are participating in their 18th UEFA Champions League campaign, and a fourth in five years. The exception came in 2018/19, when they won the UEFA Europa League under Maurizio Sarri.
• Chelsea have already faced Spanish opposition this season, beating Villarreal 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Super Cup in Belfast in August. It was their first victory in the competition since beating Real Madrid in 1998; they had lost in 2012, 2013 and 2019.
• Chelsea’s overall record against Spanish clubs is W19 D18 L10. At home it is W11 D7 L3.
• A 1-0 home loss to Valencia on Matchday 1 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League is one of only four defeats in Chelsea’s last 31 matches against Spanish opponents overall (W11 D16). Before winning 4-0 at Sevilla on Matchday 5 of last season’s UEFA Champions League, the Blues had been victorious in only one of their previous 11 fixtures against Liga clubs, home and away (D6 L4); they have now won four of the last six, conceding only two goals.
• Chelsea have played 13 two-legged knockout ties against Spanish clubs (W6 L7). The London club were unbeaten in their first five home knockout games against Spanish teams in UEFA competition (W4 D1) but have managed only three victories in the eight subsequent matches (D3 L2).
• Tuchel is unbeaten as a head coach against Spanish clubs (W4 D5).
• Madrid are in the European Cup quarter-finals for the 37th time, more than any other side. Their record is W30 L6:
2020/21 Liverpool W 3-1 (3-1 h, 0-0 a)
2017/18 Juventus W 4-3 (3-0 a, 1-3 h)
2016/17 Bayern München W 6-3 (2-1 a, 4-2 h)
2015/16 Wolfsburg W 3-2 (0-2 a, 3-0 h)
2014/15 Atlético de Madrid W 1-0 (0-0 a, 1-0 h)
2013/14 Borussia Dortmund W 3-2 (3-0 h, 0-2 a)
2012/13 Galatasaray W 5-3 (3-0 h, 2-3 a)
2011/12 APOEL W 8-2 (3-0 a, 5-2 h)
2010/11 Tottenham W 5-0 (4-0 h, 1-0 a)
2003/04 Monaco L 5-5 away goals (4-2 h, 1-3 a)
2002/03 Manchester United W 6-5 (3-1 h, 3-4 a)
2001/02 Bayern München W 3-2 (1-2 a, 2-0 h)
2000/01 Galatasaray W 5-3 (2-3 a, 3-0 h)
1999/00 Manchester United W 3-2 (0-0 h, 3-2 a)
1998/99 Dynamo Kyiv L 1-3 (1-1 h, 0-2 a)
1997/98 Bayer Leverkusen W 4-1 (1-1 a, 3-0 h)
1995/96 Juventus L 1-2 (1-0 h, 0-2 a)
1990/91 Spartak Moskva L 1-3 (0-0 a, 1-3 h)
1988/89 PSV Eindhoven W 3-2 (1-1 a, 2-1 h)
1987/88 Bayern München W 4-3 (2-3 a, 2-0 h)
1986/87 Crvena zvezda W 4-4 away goals (2-4 a, 2-0 h)
1980/81 Spartak Moskva W 2-0 (0-0 a, 2-0 h)
1979/80 Celtic W 3-2 (0-2 a, 3-0 h)
1975/76 Borussia Mönchengladbach W 3-3 away goals (2-2 a, 1-1 h)
1972/73 Dynamo Kyiv W 3-0 (0-0 a, 3-0 h)
1967/68 Sparta Praha W 4-2 (3-0 h, 1-2 a)
1966/67 Internazionale Milano L 0-3 (0-1 a, 0-2 h)
1965/66 Anderlecht W 4-3 (0-1 a, 4-2 h)
1964/65 Benfica L 3-6 (1-5 a, 2-1 h)
1963/64 AC Milan W 4-3 (4-1 h, 0-2 a)
1961/62 Juventus W 3-1 replay (1-0 a, 0-1 h)
1959/60 Nice W 6-3 (2-3 a, 4-0 h)
1958/59 Wiener Sport-Club W 7-1 (0-0 a, 7-1 h)
1957/58 Sevilla W 10-2 (8-0 h, 2-2 a)
1956/57 Nice W 6-2 (3-0 h, 3-2 a)
1955/56 Partizan W 4-3 (4-0 h, 0-3 a)
• This is Madrid’s 18th appearance in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. They have won their last nine contests at this stage.
• Madrid won five of their six Group D games this season, the exception a stunning 2-1 defeat at home to debutants Sheriff on Matchday 2, as they finished first in their section for the third time in four seasons. Away from home they kept clean sheets in winning at Inter (1-0), Shakhtar Donetsk (5-0) and Sheriff (3-0).
• The Merengues lost 1-0 at Paris in the round of 16 first leg, however, and looked to be heading out when they fell further behind in the Santiago Bernabéu, but Benzema struck three times in the final half-hour to turn the tie on its head.
• Benzema’s hat-trick – his third in the UEFA Champions League – took his tally of goals for Real Madrid in the competition to 67, one more than Raúl González. Cristiano Ronaldo holds the club record with 105.
• Madrid have won eight of their last 15 UEFA Champions League away games (D2 L5).
• Under Zinédine Zidane, Madrid also finished first in their section in 2020/21, picking up six of their ten points against Inter and sealing progress as group winners with a 2-0 home defeat of Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 6.
• Madrid then won both legs against Atalanta in the round of 16 (1-0 a, 3-1 h) before eliminating Liverpool in the quarter-finals (3-1 h, 0-0 a) prior to losing to Chelsea.
• Zidane was replaced by former Chelsea manager Ancelotti in the summer, the Italian having guided Madrid to their tenth European Cup in 2013/14.
• The Spanish side were second in the 2020/21 Liga, finishing two points behind neighbours Atlético.
• Having reached the semi-finals or better for eight successive seasons between 2010/11 and 2017/18, Madrid lost in the last 16 against Ajax in 2018/19 and Manchester City the following season but have now reached the quarter-finals in each of the last two campaigns.
• Madrid’s record in two-legged knockout ties against English clubs is W9 L6; they have won four of the last six, although their last two UEFA Champions League campaigns have been ended by Premier League opponents – Chelsea last season and Manchester City in the 2019/20 round of 16 (1-2 h, 1-2 a).
• Last season’s win against Liverpool made it four victories from four ties against English opponents in UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
• The Merengues are without a win in their last five away games against English clubs, losing three. Madrid’s overall away record against English clubs is W6 D5 L8.
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• Ancelotti was in charge of Chelsea between 2009 and 2011, winning the 2009/10 Premier League and FA Cup in his first season.
• Tuchel twice took on Madrid with Paris in the 2019/20 group stage; his side won 3-0 in France before scoring twice in the final ten minutes to earn a 2-2 draw in Spain after Benzema’s double.
• Tuchel and Ancelotti last faced each other in the UEFA Champions League in the 2018/19 group stage, when Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain drew twice with Ancelotti’s Napoli – 2-2 in Paris and 1-1 in Naples.
• The coaches had previously met in the 2016/17 German Bundesliga, Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund defeating Ancelotti’s Bayern München 1-0 at home but losing 4-1 in Munich. Tuchel, however, got the better of Ancelotti in their most recent encounter, when Chelsea defeated Ancelotti’s Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on 8 March 2021.
• Eden Hazard was a Chelsea player between 2012 and joining Madrid in 2019, scoring 110 goals in 352 games in all competitions. He helped the club win Premier League titles in 2014/15 and 2016/17, the FA Cup in 2017/18 and the English League Cup in 2014/15, in addition to their victories in the 2013 and 2019 UEFA Europa League finals. The latter match, in which he scored twice in a 4-1 defeat of Arsenal, was his last for Chelsea.
• Thibaut Courtois made 154 appearances for Chelsea between 2014 and 2018, when he moved to Madrid. He was also part of the Premier League-winning sides in 2014/15 and 2016/17, and the team that won the FA Cup in 2017/18 and the English League Cup in 2014/15.
• Mateo Kovačić joined Chelsea from Madrid in 2018. He had signed for the Spanish side in 2015 and was an unused substitute in their UEFA Champions League final victories in 2017 and 2018 having missed out on the matchday squad for their 2016 final triumph. He did feature in their 2016 UEFA Super Cup defeat of Sevilla and was on the bench when Manchester United were beaten in the same competition a year later. Kovačić was also in Madrid’s victorious squads in the 2016 and 2017 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2016/17 Spanish Liga and Super Cup.
• Born in Madrid, Marcos Alonso joined the club in 1999 and came through the youth system, making one Liga appearance in 2010 before leaving that summer.
• Have also played in Spain:
Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid 2012–21, Rayo Vallecano 2013/14 loan)
Kepa (Athletic Club 2014–18, Ponferradina 2015 loan, Valladolid 2015/16 loan)
César Azpilicueta (Osasuna 2001–10)
• Saúl played 120 minutes as Atlético lost on penalties to Madrid in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League final in Milan. His record in Madrid derbies with Atleti was W6 D9 L6; he scored in a 4-2 extra-time victory in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup and a 2-1 second-leg victory in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-final, a tie Madrid won 4-2 on aggregate, his only other goal coming as a first-half substitute in Atlético’s 4-0 home Liga win on 7 February 2015.
• Have also played in England:
Luka Modrić (Tottenham 2008–12)
Gareth Bale (Southampton 2005–07, Tottenham 2007–13, 2020/21 loan)
• International team-mates:
Romelu Lukaku & Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard (Belgium)
Mateo Kovačić & Luka Modrić (Croatia)
N’Golo Kanté & Karim Benzema, Ferland Mendy, Eduardo Camavinga (France)
Kepa, César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Saúl Ñíguez & Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez, Isco, Dani Ceballos (Spain)
Thiago Silva & Eder Militão, Rodrygo, Vinícius Júnior, Casemiro (Brazil)
Kai Havertz, Antonio Rüdiger, Timo Werner & Toni Kroos (Germany)
• Kanté was in the starting line-up as France defeated Modrić’s Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Kovačić was an unused substitute.
• Antonio Rüdiger made his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition on Matchday 8; Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulišić will reach the same mark when they next feature.
• Chelsea’s 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions (W12 D2) was ended on Saturday when they went down 4-1 at home to London rivals Brentford at Stamford Bridge, their first defeat against the Bees since 1939.
• The four goals conceded at the weekend was as many as in Chelsea’s seven previous home matches in all competitions combined, a run that included four clean sheets.
• One of the draws in that 14-match sequence, 0-0 against Liverpool at Wembley in the League Cup final on 27 February, preceded an 11-10 defeat on penalties.
• That draw against Liverpool in the League Cup final was the only one of Chelsea’s previous 13 matches in all competitions they had failed to win before their weekend defeat.
• The loss to Brentford was only Chelsea’s second in their last 26 games in all competitions (W17 D7) and their first since a 1-0 reverse at Premier League leaders Manchester City on 15 January.
• The Blues have kept six clean sheets in their last ten games.
• Chelsea reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at Championship club Middlesbrough on 19 March. They will play Crystal Palace in the last four at Wembley on 17 April.
• A 2-1 extra-time win against Brazilian side Palmeiras on 12 February gave Chelsea the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time, Kai Havertz getting the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the 117th minute. Romelu Lukaku had scored Chelsea’s opener having also got the only goal in the semi-final win against Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia.
• Lukaku has scored three FA Cup goals this season but has not found the net in the Premier League since 29 December.
• Havertz has scored six goals in his last nine Chelsea appearances.
• Timo Werner and Havertz scored Germany’s goals in a 2-0 friendly win against Israel on 26 March; three days later, Rüdiger won his 50th international cap as Germany drew 1-1 in the Netherlands.
• Substitute Alonso set up two Spain goals in their 5-0 friendly victory at home to Iceland on 29 March.
• Pulišić scored his first hat-trick for the United States in a 5-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying win at home to Panama on 27 March.
• Jorginho’s Italy missed out on a place at this year’s World Cup, the European champions going down 1-0 at home to North Macedonia in their play-off semi-final on 25 March.
• On 29 March Edouard Mendy helped Senegal beat Egypt in a penalty shoot-out to book their place at the World Cup.
• Reece James was sidelined by a hamstring injury from 29 December; he returned in the League Cup final but suffered muscular problems in his other leg after a 4-0 win at Burnley on 5 March, returning as a second-half substitute on Saturday.
• Andreas Christensen has not played since going off in the first half of the round of 16 second leg at LOSC Lille with a muscle injury, although he was an unused substitute on Saturday.
• Callum Hudson-Odoi, whose last appearance came on 2 March, has a calf injury.
• Ben Chilwell is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament on 23 November.
• On 17 January Tuchel was named Best FIFA Men’s Coach for 2021, with Mendy taking the goalkeeper’s award. Emma Hayes, Chelsea women’s head coach, took the women’s coach prize.
• David Alaba has made 99 appearances in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final; he would be the 45th player to reach a century of games in the competition.
• Madrid were 3-0 winners at Mallorca on 14 March to make it five successive victories in all competitions, with 14 goals scored and two conceded.
• That run came to an abrupt end on 20 March with a 4-0 reverse at home to Barcelona, Madrid’s heaviest Clásico defeat since a 5-1 loss at the Camp Nou in 2018 and their heaviest home defeat in the fixture since another 4-0 loss in November 2015.
• Madrid bounced back with a 2-1 victory at Celta Vigo on Saturday, Karim Benzema scoring two penalties and missing another in between.
• Benzema, who missed the defeat against Barça with a calf problem, has scored ten times in his last six Madrid matches.
• Benzema’s tally of 24 Liga goals so far this season means he has passed the 20-goal mark in the league for the fourth season running; he is the seventh player to achieve that feat.
• The defeat against Barcelona was Madrid’s first in the Liga since a 1-0 loss at Getafe on 2 January, and just their third of the season.
• Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by a 1-0 quarter-final loss at Athletic Club on 3 February.
• The Merengues did, however, claim the Spanish Super Cup in January, beating Barcelona 3-2 after extra time in the semi-finals before securing a 2-0 victory against Athletic with goals from Luka Modrić and Benzema.
• Gareth Bale scored twice as Wales defeated Alaba’s Austria 2-1 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off semi-finals on 25 March. They were the Welshman’s first goals since September’s qualifying hat-trick against Belarus.
• Vinícius Júnior scored in Brazil’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win against Chile on 24 March.
• Substitute Modrić scored a penalty in Croatia’s 2-1 comeback win against Bulgaria in a 29 March friendly.
• Federico Valverde scored for Uruguay in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win away to Chile on 29 March.
• Eduardo Camavinga was on target as France beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying on 24 March.
• Ferland Mendy missed the defeat to Barcelona with an adductor problem but played 90 minutes at the weekend.
• Eden Hazard has not played since coming on as a late substitute in a 3-0 home victory against Alavés on 19 February. The Belgian underwent surgery to remove a metal plate in his right fibula on 29 March and is expected to be out for a month.
• Isco (back) and Luka Jović (ankle) both missed the weekend win.
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