Chelsea captain Cezar Azpilicueta is aware of Actual Madrid ‘will demand every thing from them’ when the 2 sides meet within the Champions League quarterfinals.
The defending champions stormed the quarter-finals of Europe’s greatest membership competitors with a straightforward win towards Lille, they usually had been drawn towards the report Champions League winners.
That is the second successive season they’re dealing with the Los Blancos, having knocked them out 3-1 on mixture on their method to profitable the title.
Talking whereas on worldwide responsibility with Spain, Azpilicueta additional mentioned circumstances have modified from final season once they performed behind closed doorways.
“We all know will probably be a tough tie dealing with a membership like Actual Madrid, they’re the workforce that has gained the Champions League probably the most instances. They’re coming off an ideal tie towards PSG, the place they confirmed their energy.
“It’s going to be laborious to beat them however we’re the champions and we now have to point out it as a result of it’s a tie and an opponent that can demand every thing from us.’
“Final yr we had been lucky sufficient to beat Actual Madrid and qualify for the ultimate, however we all know this might be a sophisticated tie with completely different circumstances. We nonetheless don’t know if we’ll play behind closed doorways due to the sanctions or not, though in fact, we hope we are able to play with a crowd.
“So these are completely different circumstances. Then there have been no supporters, now we hope to have them at Stamford Bridge for the primary sport. It additionally adjustments in Madrid as a result of final yr we performed on the sports activities metropolis at Valdebebas, now we’re going to do it on the Bernabeu,”
The Blues have navigated by way of a tough patch to place collectively a powerful profitable run and might be assured dealing with Carlo Ancelotti’s equally thrilling facet.