'They will go through': Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves immediately predict who's going to win Chelsea vs Real Madrid tie
Owen Hargreaves and Joe Cole are both optimistic that Chelsea will have enough to beat Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League quarter-finals.
The quarter-final draw took place on Friday morning for Europe’s elite club competition, which has thrown up some fascinating fixtures.
For Chelsea, they’ll come up against Spanish giants Madrid in the two-legged tie.
Thomas Tuchel’s side beat them 3-1 on aggregate during the last meeting between the clubs, which was as recently as last season’s Champions League semi-final.
If the Blues beat Madrid again, they’ll face either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the last four.
Incidentally, Villarreal play Bayern Munich and Liverpool face off against Benfica on the other side of the quarter-final draw.
Pundit Hargreaves is expecting a tough encounter for Chelsea against Madrid, but is tipping them to win the tie over two legs.
“I think Thomas Tuchel and the players they’ll be super confident as they outplayed Real Madrd last year. They are underdogs Real Madrid… They’ll play on the break but Chelsea will be wary because of the experience that these guys have of winning. Tough, but I think Chelsea will go through,” Hargreaves told BT Sport 2 (11:25am, 18 March).
Ex-Blues player Cole appears to be thinking along the same lines immediately after hearing the quarter-final draw on BT.
He added: “I think Chelsea will be quite happy with that. We covered the semi-final last year and not much has changed forboth sides. Chelsea were very comfortable… It could’ve been better, it could’ve been a lot worse. [Last season] it looked like an ageing team against a young, exuberant, vibrant team, and a year’s passed.”
Chelsea should be happy with that
Yes, people were hoping for Benfica or Villarreal in the draw. You underestimate those teams at your own peril, though.
The Blues will prepare to face a Madrid side that they know they got the better of in convincing fashion last year.
However, the current ban on Chelsea fans in European games moving forward could be a disadvantage.
Overall, you’ve got to beat the best to win this competition.
Tuchel’s side have found a way quite often to rise to challenges and compete with the very best around, so bring on Madrid.