Real Madrid vs Chelsea – Champions League: Live score and updates

LIVE: Real Madrid vs Chelsea – Thomas Tuchel’s in-form Blues take on 13-time winners in mouthwatering Champions League semi-final… with Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic starting ahead of Kai Havertz and Eden Hazard on the bench for hosts

  • Chelsea travel to Real Madrid tonight for Champions League semi-final first leg 
  • Madrid are 13-time winners of the competition and will target yet another final 
  • Thomas Tuchel’s visitors are in fine form and will want to take a lead to London 
  • Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Vinicius Jr, Benzema 
  • Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Pulisic, Werner 
  • Latest Champions League news, including fixtures and results 
  • Madrid vs Chelsea preview: Team news, routes to semi-final, odds 

Chelsea will be targeting a good result to take back to London tonight ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg clash with Real Madrid. 

Madrid are 13-time winners of the competition and have lifted the coveted trophy three times under boss Zinedine Zidane.

Thomas Tuchel’s team, meanwhile, are in fine form and will aim to avoid defeat and poach an away goal in their quest to clinch the cup for the second time.

Sportsmail‘s DANIEL DAVIS will provide live Champions League text coverage of Real Madrid vs Chelsea – including the scoreline, lineups and all the build-up. 

Host commentator

Eden Hazard has been training with his Real Madrid team-mates for the last couple of weeks after battling back from yet another injury.

It was unlikely that he would be handed a start tonight, despite the showdown against his former club potentially giving him fire in his belly.

He has looked good recently off the back of a frustrating, stop-start year but requires more patience.

A goal or assist tonight off the bench would certainly do him and his club the world of good.

That really is quite some stat!

Thiago Silva has been nothing short of a man mountain since arriving on a free after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

He’ll likely have his hands full tonight with Karim Benema, though. Let’s see how he gets on.

Wherever Chelsea go in the final four of this competition, drama doesn’t tend to be too far behind.

The track record speaks for itself. After all, do you remember Didier Drogba’s x-rated rant, or the infamous ‘ghost goal’?

My colleague DANNY GALLAGHER has taken a look at the most memorable moments from this stage across the years.

Feel free to check it out for some pre-match reading using the link below!

His team are dining at the top table again tonight and it doesn’t really get much bigger than this.

He’ll be hoping that grin is still there come full-time.

Just as a reminder, although I’m sure you already know, the next leg of this tie will take place at Stamford Bridge next week.

The winner on aggregate, or away goals, over both games will then go on to play either Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain in the final.

Both teams look like they are determined not to give a yard away tonight.

They each line up with five at the back. It’s not particularly surprising giving the sheer magnitude of this one.

Don’t be too shocked if this ends up goalless. 

Thomas Tuchel has named the exact XI which boosted their top four hopes with an invaluable 1-0 win at West Ham.

As a result, Timo Werner has been entrusted with the no 9 role again tonight.

He netted at the weekend, don’t forget, but will want to put THAT miss behind him.

It’s not a bad bench either, is it? Tammy Abraham, Hakim Ziyech and Olivier Giroud are among those that can deal plenty of damage as a substitute.

Well, there’s the confirmation of what we probably already knew.

Eden Hazard has been named on the bench this evening against the club Madrid poached him from.

As for the rest of the team, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Vinicius Jr have all been recalled in three changes made from the weekend.

Starting XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Pulisic, Werner

Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Abraham, Caballero, Zouma, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, James, Havertz, Emerson

Starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Vinicius Jr, Benzema

Substitutes: Hazard, Asensio, Lunin, Odriozola, Isco, Mariano, Rodrygo, Altube, Arribas, Blanco, Gutierrez

Hi, all! Welcome along to Sportsmail’s live coverage of tonight’s huge Champions League tie.

It’s Real Madrid taking on Chelsea in the first leg of their semi-final match-up, so strap yourselves in for twists and turns galore.

The hosts are 13-time winners of this competition and have already lifted the famous jug-eared trophy on three occasions under Zinedine Zidane.

As for Chelsea, they will want to leave Madrid with a good result to take back to London in search of their first triumph since 2012.

It will be my pleasure to guide you through this 8pm kick-off minute by minute, so don’t go anywhere!

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