Chelsea host Real Madrid tonight in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final showdown - in what is surely the tie of the round.
The two teams met in last season’s semi-finals with the Blues coming out 3-1 winners on aggregate as they went on to claim their second title in the illustrious competition.
Madrid boast 13 European crowns and, having gone enitrely trophy-less last campaign, are desperate to add the Champions League silverware to their impending stroll to the LaLiga title.
But in their way are a Chelsea team determined to make something of their season despite off-field turmoil and a faded domestic challenge, backed by a Stamford Bridge faithful stung by a shock defeat to Brentford on the weekend.
It's a replay of last season's Champions League semi-final as defending European champions Chelsea welcome 13-time winners Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the pick of the 2021/22 last eight ties. Also returning to familiar surroundings is Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti, who who won a league-and-cup double during a two-season west London spell from 2009. This one promises fireworks. Full Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream details below.
The soap opera that is Chelsea Football Club continues creating headlines. Saturday's unexpected 4-1 home defeat to Brentford brought to an end the Blues' five-game winning streak in the Premier League and should inspire Thomas Tuchel's men to up their game against a Spanish side they have never lost to in five previous meetings. Tuchel must decide whether to stick with misfiring frontman Romelu Lukaku.
Twelve points clear at the top of La Liga, Real Madrid are cantering to a 35th domestic crown but their 4-0 defeat to bitter Clasico rivals Barcelona in late-March is proof los Blancos have a soft underbelly if opponents can find a way to scratch it. You could even argue Ancelotti's side are lucky to be in the last eight at all.
Madrid were led a merry dance by Kylian Mbappe for three-quarters of the previous round, only for Paris Saint-Germain's traditional springtime Champions League defenestration (and Karim Benzema's 17-minute hat-trick) to gift the Spaniards a scarcely deserved comeback. Eden Hazard is back in the treatment room, while boss Ancelotti is recovering from Covid but may make the trip.
It's an 8pm BST kick-off at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 6th April, 2022. Read on for more details on how to watch a Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream wherever you are in the world.
Chelsea's 4-1 home defeat to Brentford was a shocker, but it didn't come entirely out of the blue. Thomas Tuchel's men have been winning without playing well for some time now, and Saturday's humbling could serve as a timely wake-up call. The return of Reece James for the clash with Madrid will be a major boost. The right-back has been Chelsea's key attacking threat all season.
While Lukaku and Werner have been lukewarm this season, one striker who's in the form of his life is Karim Benzema. The Frenchman scored a remarkable 17-minute hat-trick to send PSG crashing out of the tournament in the last round. With 24 goals so far, he's La Liga's top scorer.
Chelsea host Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel's play the first leg in west London before heading out to Madrid for the reverse tie at the Bernabeu.
It was semi-final delight for the Blues over Carlo Ancelotti's side last year, and they will be hoping to have a repeat this time out as they continue their quest to retain their European crown.
Chelsea battle Real Madrid in the Champions League tonight, hoping to quickly get over their stunning defeat by Brentford.
After the international break, the Blues were emphatically upset by their west London rivals at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Christian Eriksen among the goal scorers as Thomas Tuchel’s side collapsed in humiliating, uncharacteristic fashion after initially leading through Antonio Rudiger.
Chelsea must swiftly recover from a first defeat to Brentford since 1939 that bore none of the hallmarks of their recent admirable on-pitch form that saw them put aside the significant off-field distractions linked to the club’s impending takeover.
Tuchel is desperate for his side to successfully retain their European crown after seeing off Lille in the last 16, but they face a stern quarter-final test against the 13-time continental champions.
Madrid bounced back from their El Clasico rout by Barcelona to defeat Celta Vigo on Saturday in a game in which Karim Benzema scored two of three penalties, with Los Blancos now 12 points clear in the LaLiga title race with only eight matches left to play.
The visitors - who will have manager Carlo Ancelotti in the dugout after he tested negative for Covid-19 on Wednesday - will fear no one after their incredible comeback to topple Paris Saint-Germain in the last round, which saw them overturn a 2-0 deficit courtesy of a stunning 17-minute Benzema treble.
The first leg of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 quarterfinals between defending champion Chelsea and Real Madrid is scheduled to be played today. The match will kickstart at 08:00 pm local time (12:30 pm IST) in Stamford Bridge stadium, London, UK. At the same time, Bayern Munich will be up against Villareal in El Madrigal Stadium, Spain. If you are wondering how to watch these matches online and on TV in India, fret not, we have got you covered. Below is a quick guide on UEFA Champions League 2021-22 matches live streaming details, match schedule, and more.
UEFA Champions League 2021-22 upcoming matches
Villarreal vs Bayern
Venue: El Madrigal, Spain
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Date: April 7th
Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Venue: Stamford Bridge, Fulham
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Date: April 7th
UEFA Champions League 2022 live streaming
Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) holds the exclusive rights to broadcast and live stream UEFA Champions League 2021-2022 online and on TV in India. SPN signed a three-year deal with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) last year to be the official broadcaster of the tournament until 2023-2024.
How to watch UEFA Champions League matches online in India
Sony LIV is the official online platform to watch UEFA Champions League 2022 matches in India. Fans can live stream the matches on both Sony LIV’s app available on Android & iOS as well as through the website. However, that is possible only when you subscribe to its premium plans which are mentioned below.
Rs 299 – Sony LIV Premium for 1 month
Rs 699 – Sony LIV Premium for 6 months
Rs 999 – Sony LIV Premium for 12 months
To catch up with the Champions League 2022, the recommended Sony LIV plan to go for among the three would be the Rs 699 one. With just 2 months remaining for the tournament to end, getting a 6 months plan would be the preferred choice. You can also get to enjoy movies, original web series and other sports events as well with a Sony LIV paid subscription. Moreover, as stated above, Champions League 2021-22 matches will be available to watch on JioTV as well.
How to watch UEFA Champions League matches on TV
As Sony Pictures Networks India holds the exclusive media rights to the UEFA Champions League 2022, these are the channels that will broadcast the tournament on live television.
SONY TEN 1 HD
You’ll have to manually subscribe to these channels via your DTH operator or getting a combo channel pack that includes these aforementioned channels will also get the job done.
How to watch UEFA Champions League matches for free
If you do not wish to pay for any channel fees or subscriptions, there are several ways to watch the UEFA Champions League for free. Various third-party services offer a Sony LIV subscription either at a discounted price or include it within their offering. Here’s how to watch the Champions League 2022 for free.
Users with a Jio number have the privilege to watch Champions League matches for free via the Jio TV app. Here’s how.
Download the Jio TV app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store
Open the app and login with your Jio number to get an OTP
Enter the OTP received via SMS
Once logged in, tap on the UEFA Champion League 2022 banner to watch the live stream
Do note that Jio TV doesn’t have a website like many other streaming platforms that can be used to watch the content on a computer or PC. However, you can install an Android emulator on your PC and follow the above steps to binge-watch the game.
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