Chelsea’s next Champions League opponents have been decided at UEFA’s headquarters at Nyon, Switzerland, where the Blues were drawn against Real Madrid for the competition’s quarterfinals.
If there was a tough draw to be had today, this is definitely it. Real Madrid have been on great form under former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, with striker Karim Benzema and young winger Vinícius Júnior making them one of the most powerful attacking units in all of Europe.
Chelsea will play the first leg either on April 5th or 6th, with the return leg on April 12th or 13th. If the Blues make it past Real, the semifinal will be held first on April 26th or 27th, and then on May 3rd or 4th (against either Manchester City or Atlético Madrid). The final will be held in Paris on May 28th, with UEFA moving that from St Petersburg following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
As tough as Madrid are on paper, Chelsea have a very good record against them. Chelsea have yet to be beaten in five matches, with three wins and and two draws, including last year’s semifinal, with a 1-1 away tie and 2-0 win at home.
The full Champions League quarterfinal draw is as follows:
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid
Manchester City vs. Atlético Madrid
Villarreal vs. Bayern Munich
Benfica vs. Liverpool
We faced little to no difficulties making it through Lille in the Round of 16. Things certainly won’t be as easy now. But as Jorginho said, this year’s team may be even more special than last year’s. We only have to focus and believe.