Thomas Tuchel Hopeful Of Fan Attendance As Chelsea Draw Real Madrid In Champions League Quarter-finals

  • Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid, Villarreal vs Bayern Munich, Benfica vs Liverpool
  • Chelsea fans given hope of attending Champions League quarter-final – provided club is not thrown out first

Thomas Tuchel hopes supporters will be allowed to watch Chelsea’s tie with Real Madrid after being drawn against the 13-time European champions in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. 

With Roman Abramovich under sanctions from the UK Government over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there is uncertainty over whether Chelsea will be allowed to sell tickets for Uefa games.  

Chelsea were drawn against Real and, should they win, will face Manchester City or Atletico Madrid. Pep Guardiola’s team will play against the La Liga champions who defeated Manchester United in the last 16. 

Liverpool have been given a favourable draw with Benfica in the quarters, with Bayern Munich or Villarreal awaiting them if they progress to the last four. But it was Chelsea who were handed the glamour tie against their former manager Carlo Ancelotti. 

“It’s a tough one. The challenge cannot be much higher than playing the second leg at the Bernabeu with spectators but it is a big excitement around this fixture. We know what it coming,” said Tuchel. 

“It is always nice for European nights to play teams at this stage that are not the teams you play so many times in domestic competitions.” 

On facing Real without fans at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel added: “It would be a disadvantage. In general this game is for the spectators and the game changes so much with spectators so hopefully we will find solutions and I’m pretty sure everyone at the club will fight for a chance. 

“I’m not sure how big the possibility is but any game needs spectators and hopefully we can make it happen.”  

The quarter-final first legs are set to be played on Apr 5 and 6, with the second leg the following week. 

Meanwhile, Bayern are wary of facing Villarreal, despite looking like a good draw for the Germans. Unai Emery’s team shocked Juventus in the last round to earn their place in the last eight. 

“I played at Juventus and know how difficult it is to get a 3-0 victory there,” said Hasan Salihamidžić, Bayern Sporting Director.  “We are up against a good team and should not underestimate this challenge. But we are Bayern and we will travel there with a lot of confidence.”Champions League quarter-final draw verdict

By Jason BurtReal Madrid vs Chelsea

No fans at Stamford Bridge as it stands – but then Chelsea knocked out Real in the semi-finals behind closed doors last season. It is a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti who has Karim Benzema in the form of his life at 34 so the danger is obvious.

But Chelsea will defensively be too strong and should go through. They will also benefit from the second leg being reversed so they are at home.

Winner: ChelseaManchester City vs Atletico Madrid

Atletico remain a side in transition. They rolled back the years defensively against Manchester United but City are a whole different kind of proposition.

The Spanish champions can never be dismissed, not with Diego Simeone in charge and with Joao Felix finally justifying his transfer fee (a little) but it would be a huge shock if they eliminate City given the strength they possess.

Winner: Manchester CityVillarreal vs Bayern Munich

Unai Emery should never be underestimated in a cup competition. Just ask Juventus, who were beaten 3-0 at home in the result of the week.

As such, Villarreal were already the dangerous outliers in the last eight. Bayern were less than convincing in the first leg against RB Salzburg, but blew them away in the return. They have defensive injuries and it may be tighter than expected but Bayern are undoubtedly the favourites.

Winner: Bayern MunichBenfica vs Liverpool

A chance for English fans to have a look at the much-coveted Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, who will undoubtedly carry a threat and starred against Ajax in the last round.

Nonetheless, it would be a major surprise if they eliminate Liverpool especially with the second leg at Anfield. In truth, it is the draw that Jurgen Klopp will have wanted.

Winner: LiverpoolChampions League quarter-final and semi-final draw: as it happened

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