I’m not sure if I’m upset or relieved that I won’t quite be able to watch this thing live. Fellipe will be here for the burden/honor of documenting this most depressing/amazing beatdown/comeback (cross out as necessary).
Big Game King Kai’s back and gets the start, as do the rested duo of Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kanté, all of whom will need to turn back the clock to 2021 at the very least. Not sure who’s going to score the goals we need to over the 0-2 first leg deficit, but hey.
Ancelotti sticks with the tried and true for Real Madrid.
Here we go!
Chelsea starting lineup (3-5-2):
Arrizabalaga | Chalobah, Silva (c), W.Fofana | Cucurella, Kanté, Enzo, Kovačić, James | Havertz, Gallagher
Substitutes from: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Hall, Chukwuemeka, Loftus-Cheek, Zakaria, Ziyech, Mudryk, Sterling, Pulisic, Félix
Real Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3):
Courtois | Camavinga, Alaba, Éder Militão, Carvajal | Kroos, Modrić, Valverde | Vinícius Júnior, Benzema (c), Rodrygo
Substitutes from: Lunin, Luis López, Vallejo, Nacho, E.Hazard, Asensio, Odriozola, Lucas Vázquez, Tchouameni, Ceballos, Rüdiger, Mariano Díaz
Date / Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 20.00 BST; 3pm EDT; 12:30am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Daniele Orsato (on pitch); Massimiliano Irrati (VAR)
On TV: BT Sport 1 (UK); Univision, TUDN (USA); Sony TEN 2 (India); SuperSport Football Plus (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: BT Sport Live (UK); Univision Now, Paramount+ (USA); Sony LIV (India); DStv Now (NGA)
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!