24 min: Chelsea are forced back on the halfway line and Eriksson’s pass goes out of play, good defending by Real so far. It’s not always perfect, but no goals have been conceded so far. Cuthbert has an ambitious shot and it’s long.
22 min: Buchanan defends well but loosely with a rebound into Real’s possession. Zarnoza crosses and Esther takes a shot, but Berger collects. Chelsea’s counter and Reiten throws in, gets to Kerr and turns with a pinball. Real are defending for now and crosses are still coming, but in the end there is breathing room for the visitors. Chelsea still with the ball.
20 min: A kick comes from Cuthbert, but Misa reads it perfectly and collects it. Good performance by the goalkeeper so far. Real have a good period of possession, but Chelsea interrupts, a little too much power and Misa saves the side once again.
18 min: Groans from the crowd as Chelsea rush a loose pass but the referee pulls it back for a foul, if Chelsea had been allowed to play we could have had the first goal. Real launch their best attack yet and Weir has a shot but Buchanan saves. It was end to end and Chelsea now have a corner.
16 min: The kick is taken quickly and they have to play from halfway, but Bright takes possession with a foul. Another foul from Bright saw the visitors gain territory, but Real let them down in midfield. A missed opportunity.
14 min: Real play at the back but it’s pretty loose and they’re lucky not to lose to the Chelsea striker. The ball comes into the box for Kerr, but Ivana manages to head it incredibly well. Zornoza fouls Charles and Chelsea goes on the attack again.
12 min: Kaneryd is a threat and Real knows it, she receives the ball from the outside and is surrounded by four defenders in the penalty area. They break away from her, but Chelsea regain possession in their own half. Kaneryd looks to win the corner, but it goes for a goal-out.
10 min: Wow, that was close! Charles made a good cross, Kerr was looking for it, but she overshot and we got a goal. The whistle goes with Esther on the ground, she can continue.
8 min: Bright throws a great ball to Reiten that frees Kirby, but she takes it out of play. She still wins the corner, Cuthbert takes the shot, and Misa hits. It spins around the box and the keeper has to come to the rescue, Chelsea had the better start here.
6 min: Buchanan earns Chelsea a free kick as Esther commits a foul. Cuthbert takes the set and it’s short, Chelsea will work from halfway. And that’s Feller’s tough challenge! Eriksson falls to the floor, Reiten takes a free kick. She comes to the next gate and Misa collects her.
4 min: Chelsea are on the attack now and Kerr’s clever work brings the hosts into the penalty area. She finds her familiar attacker Kirby, but Misa blocks her shot. Chelsea have a corner but Real clear it. An exciting start!
2 min: The visitors keep the ball well in the early stages. The ball rumbled up the field, but Olga Carmona is in the backfield.
The action is ongoing in Kingsmeadow! Chelsea are on an unbeaten run, but Real Madrid have only lost one game this season. A great game for both clubs.
The players will soon take the field and I can’t wait for this to start! What a match it will be.
We have two great days of the Women’s Champions League and tomorrow includes a big game for Barcelona back at the Camp Nou. The team sold out the stadium twice last season and English players Keira Walsh and Lucy Bronze will play there for the first time. Read Suzy Wrack’s interview with Walsh ahead of the Spanish team’s game against Bayern Munich:
Two WCL matches have already been played today PSG beat Vllaznia 5-0, and St. Polten beat Slavia Praha 1-0 despite going down to 10 men. The other game in the tournament apart from Chelsea vs Real Madrid that is played tonight is Roma vs Wolfsburg, I will do my best to update you on that result as well.
There will be a return to Kingsmeadow for Emma Hayes as she returned to the touchline in Chelsea’s Women’s Super League match against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. Hayes had time to recover from the emergency hysterectomy.
If you have read any of my blogs before you know it I like to chat a little. We talked about Skittles and Starbursts before, but today I got angry. Yes, I reached for the chips. I’m a fan of Walkers salt and vinegar, an underrated crisp in my opinion. Hit me up and tell me which crunchy is underrated, you can reach me on twitter, @rendellx or email.
Millie Bright may not have played for Real Madrid before, but she is fully aware of what her side will encounter on the pitch. “We have to get involved on defense,” she said. “It will be an interesting game and it will be fierce, but it is certainly a game that we are ready for. We take it one game at a time. We want to continue to show our dominance, continue to improve as a team, but ultimately get the job done, get the win and continue to prove ourselves in Europe.”
Today’s game will see the first meeting between Chelsea and Real Madrid. So, although they will have knowledge of each other’s tactics from the tape, they have not met on the field. We have an interesting match ahead of us…
Real Madrid star Caroline Weir is leaving use her experience at Chelsea to help her side in the match. She said: “We are excited to be here and it will be a big test. The team feels good and we are in good shape. Chelsea is a good team that I have played against several times. They have a lot of experience, their players are very physical and they are doing well in the league”.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes spoke on Pernille Harder’s injury, saying she was irreplaceable in his team and it was a “big blow” to drop her. Harder suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Denmark and Hayes spoke of her frustration. “I think it’s outrageous to put players in those positions,” Hayes said. “Yes, there is an international calendar and I know there will be changes, and so will they [players] maybe he could be with the national team for a longer period of time and then longer with his club. The journey and the one in between cause a lot of problems. For someone like Pernilla, she always wants to do everything. It is no one’s fault, sometimes these injuries come for many different reasons. But I certainly think that it is unacceptable for players who play in the world and European championships to be given two weeks of rest between seasons. Forget clubs and countries, we have to start putting the players first.”
Here is the Real Madrid squad news as promised! The club made five changes after their 1-0 win over Sporting Huelva. Misa, M. Oroz, Esther, Feller and Freja Siri enter, and it is interesting that Del Castillo is on the bench.
Real Madrid starting 11: Misa, K Robles, Ivana, Olga, M. Oroz, Esther, Weir, Kathellen, Feller, Zornoza, Freja Siri.
Chelsea made three changes from with a 3-0 win against Tottenham. Fran Kirby, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd and Niamh Charles enter the starting 11. Pernille Harder and Maren Mjelde are both injured and are not included in today’s game.
Chelsea starting 11: Berger, Bright, Ingle, Reiten, Kirby, Eriksson, Kaneryd, Kerr, Charles, Cuthbert, Buchanan.
I’m looking for real news, I’ll let you know when I have it.
Hello and welcome back to our Women’s Champions League coverage. Tonight we have a European clash between Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Chelsea are first in Group A after registering two wins, against Paris Saint-Germain and Vllaznia, while Real Madrid are right behind them with a win against Vllaznia and a draw with PSG. The English club have been impressive in the tournament with an 8-0 win over Vllaznia in their last meeting. Striker Sam Kerr scored four goals, becoming the first player in the Women’s Champions League to score four in a group stage match.
The threat that Chelsea will have to contain in the Real Madrid team is Caroline Weir. Since signing for Spanish club Manchester City this summer, she has gone from strength to strength. But can he topple the Blues in their own backyard? We will find out from 20:00 GMT.
Team news is out so stay tuned for all the updates.