Chelsea and Real Madrid lock horns again today on releasesky
Let’s not forget that means it’s almost 20 years
And since any side produced the kind of comeback against Real
that Chelsea are looking for.
Things are even more stacked against the Premier League’s 11th-placed side, as away goals can’t save them here.
Yes, surely Chelsea will be looking to take all three points today
Also, now the last time Real Madrid blew a 2-0 lead in the second leg of a Champions League tie, Chelsea’s players were so certain Real made it through that they were signing about a trip to Madrid on their way to the dressing room.
And definitely on the same night that the Blues shocked Arsenal’s invincibles in 2004, Real dropped a 4-2 lead at Monaco to lose on away goals.
Now note that the Spanish giants have progressed in 18 of the 19 Champions League ties that they’ve led by two goals after the first leg, so the outlook isn’t great for Frank Lampard’s Blues.
The Dire run for hosts
Chelsea followed up their limp loss in the Bernabeu with another defeat at the weekend, going down 2-1 to Brighton. Having spent months under Graham Potter dropping points while dominating in terms of chances, Frank Lampard’s reign has taken a turn for the worse.
The Seagulls’ victory on Saturday saw them rack up an xG of 2.52 to Chelsea’s 0.46, while the visitors had 57% of the possession. Lampard’s Blues were outthought and outfought, which doesn’t bode well for their encounter with the European champions.
Yes for sure the hosts are winless in six, losing four of their last five. They’ve conceded twice in four of those, scoring only three in return.
Then however, there are huge issues all over the pitch for the hosts, so it’s hard to see them having any chance in this game, never mind the tie.