Michael Owen and Gus Poyet imagine that Chelsea will beat Actual Madrid within the first leg of their Champions League quarter closing. The Blues welcome the Spanish giants to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with the return leg happening on April 12.
Nonetheless, Thomas Tuchel’s facet might want to produce a a lot improved efficiency from Saturday’s 4-1 residence defeat to Brentford in the event that they’re to take a result in the Bernabeu. Regardless of the setback, Chelsea are handily positioned to complete within the high 4 as they’re at the moment 5 factors away from fourth positioned Tottenham with a recreation in hand.
The main focus now switches to retaining their Champions League crown and Los Blancos will definitely present a sterner examination than Lille who had been simply dispatched 4-1 on combination within the final spherical.
Their opponents in the meantime got here from behind in spectacular trend to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 over two legs. Nonetheless, regardless of humbling defeat Tuchel’s facet suffered on the weekend, Owen is backing the Blues to comfortably win the primary leg.
“One other fascinating tie, significantly with these two having met in final yr’s semi-final,” Owen instructed Guess Victor. “Chelsea received 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in that tie, however it might have been 4 or 5.
“Actual seemed sluggish and leggy in that tie, and I don’t see enormous enchancment in them. Benzema and Vinicius have been good this season and they are going to be a risk. I am going for Chelsea, although. 3-1.”
Former Blues midfielder Gus Poyet echoed Owen’s evaluation and believes his outdated facet will take a bonus to the Bernabeu subsequent week. “As a result of the extent may be very even, I don’t assume there might be a lot distinction. I’m going with Chelsea,” he instructed Spanish publication AS.