Real Madrid and Chelsea will face off in the last eight of the Champions League, with Thibaut Courtois returning to a full Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving the Blues
Los Blancos are aiming for their 14th European triumph this season eliminated in the semifinals last season. It was Chelsea who ended theirs Champions League Traum and they were again drawn against the defending champions who will host the first leg.
Madrid will travel to west London after losing 2-0 on their last visit there, but no fans were in attendance as stadiums remained empty due to the pandemic. Courtois spent four years as Chelsea no.
“I hope they (the fans) don’t boo me, but you never know,” Courtois said Brand. “I’m prepared for whatever comes and we’ll have to see how it goes. I hope it will be a happy return to Stamford Bridge. We are rivals now. They’re going to want to win, and so do I and everything.” I don’t expect any applause from the fans.”
Madrid last won the Champions League in 2018 when Zinedine Zidane was at the helm. Carlo Ancelotti, the man who masterminded the La Decima triumph in 2014, has returned to the Bernabeu for a second spell and has placed the Spanish side well domestically.
He is now aiming for a fourth Champions League win that would make him the tournament’s most successful manager himself. Chelsea, meanwhile, are aiming to become just the second team in the Champions League era to retain their crown – the other being Los Blancos.
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Blues fans saw their team humiliated by newly promoted Brentford on Saturday as the Bees secured a 4-1 win. Thomas Tuchel is now looking for an answer from his team but hasn’t taken last season’s win over Madrid as a point of reference.
The German said: “I didn’t even look at it in preparation. That might answer the question. It’s a new coach, a new team, with spectators still recovering from Saturday’s performance. We want to play the right way, the way we want to play: physical, intense, focused.”
He added: “It’s a pretty special occasion for us too. That’s why we’re pretty excited. We’re not wasting too much sleep on where they stand in Europe. We want to prove to ourselves once again that this is the case.” The occasion is something special, the opponent is something special and that’s why we’re very excited.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/courtois-message-chelsea-fans-realmadrid-26642680 Thibaut Courtois sends message of hope to Chelsea fans ahead of Stamford Bridge return