On the pitch tonight Real Madrid-Chelsea and Bayern Munich-Villarreal, return of the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Chelsea are called upon to overturn the result against Real Madrid at the Benabeu, in the return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals after a 3-1 defeat a week ago. “We do not have great comeback options after the result of the first leg, even more so at this stadium – the words of Thomas Tuchel at the press conference – We will need our best version and then we can try, considering that we should win with at least two goals. , three to qualify. Dreaming is important and we hope to make our dream come true “.” We have to learn from last week’s match – added the German coach – the beauty of this competition is to play two such important matches in a short time and you can use what happened in the first leg to prepare for the return leg. We will go to the Bernabeu knowing that we need to impose our game more, with more intensity and rhythm than at home. It will be easier said than done, given the difficulties encountered in the first leg. It will be a totally different game than in the first leg. We know we can play better, to show our true face and our full power. initial. We have to do it and then we will accept the final result. “At the Bernabeu Tuchel will have to do without Lukaku.” Romelu is injured and will not travel with the team, as well as Chilwell and Hudson-Odoi, still struggling with their respective injuries – added – There will be Azpilicueta, negative result at the last swab and already in the group “.
“Chelsea will come here to do battle. It will be tough for them of course, but they will try. Good teams never give up, so we certainly have no intention of underestimating them. We have a great opportunity to reach the semi-final but Chelsea are a ” excellent team. We must respect them. ” So the Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, in a press conference on the eve of the return of the Champions League quarterfinals with his former team, which he beat 3-1 in London last week with Benzema’s hat-trick. “I know my players very well – said Ancelotti -, they know well what happened a few weeks ago with Barcelona and what will be needed now. So the only way to prepare for this match is to think that Chelsea will be better and it will be ready. We know we will have to suffer and we are ready to do it. ” Asked about his future and the chances of remaining on the Madrid bench, Ancelotti replied: “I hope so. I have a relatively long contract but that’s not what I am thinking about at the moment. If the club is happy with me, great. I will be grateful for the opportunity I had to manage Real Madrid again. “
Nagelsmann: “Villarreal has pardoned us, we will punish him“. -” We made many mistakes in the first leg, they made one: leaving us alive. And for this we must punish them. To do this it will take a completely different match, put in much more intensity. “This was stated by Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann, on the eve of the return of the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the Allianz Arena. said he was confident about the chances of overturning the 1-0 suffered in Spain last week but admitted that “the stakes are high”, knowing that a quarter-final exit from the cup at the hands of a theoretically weaker team would be a failure especially for him. The captain, Manuel Neuer, leveraged his team’s skills, “character and pride”, explaining that in the first leg we were even more dissatisfied with our performance than with the result. The best news is that we only lost 1 -0 “, he added. As always, he will be one of Bayern’s strengths, which is not going through a very brilliant moment despite a championship, it would be the tenth in a row, practically already won. “Not everyone is at their best at the moment – he recalled -. But it is normal for it to happen during such a long season. We will have to mobilize some German virtues in this match”, referring to what Neuer had said. On the absentee list are central Niklas Suele, Tolissom Choupo-Moting and Sarr.