The fixture details for Chelsea Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid have been announced
Our 2-1 aggregate victory over Porto means Chelsea will be competing in the last four of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time in seven years and, following Real Madrid’s win against Liverpool, it will be the Spaniards up next for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
This will be our first meeting with Real since the 1998 Super Cup and our maiden trip to face them on home territory, following previous contests in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1971.
However, our wait to play at the Bernabeu continues as the Madridistas have been using a 6000-capacity stadium at their training complex as their home base this season while the main stadium is being renovated.
A Chelsea Under-19s side featuring Reece James played on the same ground in the 2017/18 UEFA Youth League, running out 4-2 winners in the quarter-finals.
The first leg will be played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in the Spanish capital on Tuesday 27 April at 8pm (UK time), with the return at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 5 May, also an 8pm kick-off.
If we make the final, it will be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on Saturday 29 May.
Chelsea and Real Madrid have a small but significant European history, having first met in the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup final in Greece. Peter Osgood’s volley gave Dave Sexton’s side the lead but there was late drama as the Spaniards equalised in the final minute of normal time, forcing a replay.
Two days later on the same ground, first-half goals from John Dempsey and Osgood once again put the Blues firmly in the ascendancy, but when Sebastian Fleitas scored for Real with 15 minutes remaining it made for an uncomfortable finish. However, this time we did manage to hang on, sparking joyous scenes inside the stadium and even larger scale celebrations back in London as we lifted European silverware for the first time.
Twenty-seven years later, we met again in the Super Cup after Gianluca Vialli’s side had lifted the Cup Winners’ Cup the previous side and Guus Hiddink’s Real were reigning European champions. Hosted in Monaco up against the likes of Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf and Raul, it was Gus Poyet’s late goal that proved to be the winner.