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Real Madrid officials unhappy about playing UCL quarterfinal second leg away at Chelsea

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Earlier today, the draw for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals took place and current trophy holders Real Madrid were drawn against familiar foes Chelsea in a replay of last season’s last-eight tie.

Indeed, Los Blancos squared off against the Blues in the quarterfinal stages last term and prevailed 5-4 on aggregate, despite losing the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As per today’s draw, Real Madrid will play the first leg at home on April 12 before flying to London a week later for the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

And, according to a report from Arancha Rodriguez (h/t RM4Arab), Real Madrid officials are not entirely pleased with the idea of playing away from home in the second leg.

It is no secret that the Santiago Bernabeu can be a daunting venue for opposition thanks to the atmosphere that fans create in the stadium.

And, it is only natural for the Merengues to have that desire to play the crucial second leg of a Champions League quarterfinal tie in their own backyard in front of thousands of Madrididstas.

After all, one cannot discount the role the fans played in Real Madrid’s roaring comeback wins on the way to their Champions League triumph last season.

However, the advantage of playing the second leg at home will be with Chelsea this time around, while Real Madrid will also play the second leg of the semi-finals on the road, provided they do qualify for that stage.

It must be noted that the Spanish capital giants have not been eliminated from the quarter-final stages in the Champions League since way back in 2004.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano

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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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