Michael Owen Makes A Daring Prediction For Chelsea vs Real Madrid UCL Clash. Former Liverpool midfielder, Michael Owen has tipped Chelsea to win their UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash against Real Madrid.
The Blues will face Los Blancos in a repeat of the same competition’s semifinals from the previous year. As they continue their effort to retain their title, the defending champions will welcome the Spanish giants to Stamford Bridge.
Both teams are considered contenders to win the title, but Michael Owen believes the Premier League team will prevail. Speaking to Bet Victor, the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner said:
“Another interesting tie, particularly with these two having met in last year’s semi-final. Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in that tie, but it could have been four or five. Real looked slow and leggy in that tie, and I don’t see huge improvement in them.
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”Benzema and Vinicius have been brilliant this season and they will be a threat. I’m going for Chelsea though. 3-1.” The match will be a replay of the semifinals from last season, when Chelsea won 3-1 on aggregate to earn their second European title.
Both teams will enter the game with divergent league outcomes from the previous weekend. Despite grabbing the lead, Thomas Tuchel’s side was defeated 4-1 by Brentford on their own field. Meanwhile, Real Madrid defeated Celta Vigo 2-1 thanks to a brace from Karim Benzema from the penalty spot.
The Blues easily defeated Lille in the Round of 16 by a score of 4-1 on aggregate. To win 3-2 on aggregate, Los Blancos had to rely on talisman Karim Benzema’s spectacular 17-minute second leg hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain.
Due to multiple sanctions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea has been shaken by off-field issues in the last month. Despite the circumstances surrounding the club’s ownership, the Blues have continued to perform on the field.
They had gone six games without losing in all competitions and appeared to be on track to finish in the Premier League’s top four. Their stunning defeat to Brentford, on the other hand, has put them within striking distance of the chasing pack.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, is in an ideal position to capture a record-extending 35th league title, but their recent setback to Barcelona has raised concerns in Madrid.
Los Blancos were defeated 4-0 by their arch-rivals in front of their home crowd. According to the Express, their lackluster performance in El Clasico prompted speculation about Carlo Ancelotti’s future.