Both times the team that came out ahead became Champions League champions. Interim coach Frank Lampard will become the third Blue manager to lead the club this season, after Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter.
Chelsea have lost only one of their seven matches against Real Madrid in European competition and seem to enjoy trips to Spain, having lost one of their last nine UEFA Champions League knockout stage matches away against the Spanish side (W3 D5).
But Carlo Ancelotti’s side have taken the lead in nine of their two-match clashes with English clubs in Europe’s premier club competition, including all three in a row – a draw in the last match of the round of 16 this season against Liverpool, a semi-final against Manchester City last campaign and a triumph in the quarterfinals over the Blues.
In this game, Chelsea welcomes back Thiago Silva, N’golo Kante and Mason Mount after injuries. While Real Madrid is missing only left-back Ferland Mendy. Just over a week ago, Milan came to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium and defeated Napoli 4-0. It was a result no one expected, and it made tongues flutter in anticipation of the Champions League quarterfinals.
Napoli became Serie A champions. They have been Serie A champions for months now, so their distraction from domestic affairs in favor of continental success can be understandable. This will be the first meeting between AC Milan and Napoli in the European competition, but the home team has a poor record against Napoli in all competitions.
Stefano Pioli’s team has won only one of their last nine home matches against Napoli in all competitions (D3 L5), with the win coming in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals in 2018-19. Indeed, Napoli have won each of their last three away matches against Milan (all in Serie A), including a 2-1 victory earlier this season.
Napoli reached the quarterfinals of the European Champions Cup/Champions League for the first time in their history. They were knocked out by Arsenal in their last European quarterfinal in the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League. Milan reached the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2011-12, when they were knocked out by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
The last time they made it past the quarterfinals was in 2006-07. Napoli will play without star striker Victor Osimhen. While Evil.Tan Ibrahimovic is out of action for Milan.
When will Real Madrid v Chelsea and Milan v Napoli play in the UEFA Champions League?
The Real Madrid-Chelsea and Milan-Napoli matches are scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. MSC on Thursday.
Where will the Real Madrid-Chelsea and Milan-Napoli matches be played in the Champions League?
Real Madrid will take on Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu and Milan will face Napoli at the San Siro.
Which TV channels will broadcast the Real Madrid-Chelsea and Milan-Napoli matches in India?
All Uefa Champions League matches for the 2022-2023 season will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Network in India.
How to watch Real Madrid vs Chelsea and Milan vs Napoli live in India?
Football fans can watch live Uefa Champions League matches on SonyLIV.