Chelsea have a mountain to climb in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid. They lost 2-0 in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu. And while a comeback might not look impossible on paper, the performances that the Blues have been putting in tell a different story.
They have lost all three of their games since the arrival of caretaker manager, Frank Lampard. There has been no bounce back whatsoever.
At the weekend they were played off the park by Brighton & Hove Albion, in a convincing 2-1 defeat in their own backyard. And thus, it is hard to see them making any sort of a comeback against the defending European champions.
The Blues have been handed some good news ahead of the game against Real Madrid in midweek though. It looks like Kai Havertz, who missed the match against Brighton & Hove Albion, will be fit to feature in the second leg. As reported by The Sun, Lampard said about the German player’s situation:
"“Kai has had a little issue with his knee, which he felt in Madrid on Wednesday night.“He should be fine for Tuesday.”"
Chelsea handed boost before second leg vs Real Madrid
Havertz might have received a lot of criticism during his time at Chelsea. But one cannot overlook the fact that he is the club’s top scorer this season with nine goals to his name till now.
While that speaks of the troubles that Chelsea have endured in front of goal, at this point of time, Havertz has more of a chance of scoring than probably anybody else in Lampard’s side. They have been terrible in the final third of the pitch to say the very least.
Of course, Chelsea will remain heavy underdogs whether Havertz plays in midweek or not. It would come as a major surprise to most people if Real Madrid do not make it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.