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Chelsea head to Real Madrid for quarterfinal second leg as defense hangs in balance

Baku, April 12, AZERTAC

The second legs of the quarter-finals begin on Tuesday as holders Chelsea try to claw their way back from a 3-1 quarter-final first-leg defeat against 13-time winners Real - with Villarreal also in action at Bayern Munich, according to Sky Sports.

Chelsea face the monstrous task of becoming just the second team in Champions League history to overturn a two-goal deficit following a first-leg home defeat when they play at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti admits his side are reliant on Karim Benzema, their top scorer in the Champions League, and says there is "no reason to hide it".

After Benzema scored a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge in the first leg - becoming just the fourth player to score back-to-back trebles in Europe's elite competition - Ancelotti said the 34-year-old striker is ageing like a "fine wine".

Ancelotti insists his players are not relaxed despite taking a two-goal advantage to the Bernabeu and says Real should respect this "very strong" Chelsea side.

Meanwhile, Villarreal find themselves just 90 minutes away from reaching a first Champions League semi-final since 2006 - when they were beaten by Arsene Wenger's Arsenal - after Arnaut Danjuma secured a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich at El Madrigal last Wednesday.

Six-time winners Bayern Munich have lost the last five Champions League knockout ties in which they have trailed after the first leg, with four of those instances coming against Spanish sides, giving Villarreal hope that they can progress as they take a 1-0 lead into the second leg at the Allianz on Tuesday night.

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