Carlo Ancelotti warns Chelsea will see Champions League tie as “great opportunity” to save the season

Ancelotti feels Chelsea can give Stamford Bridge another memorable European night.

Carlo Ancelotti warned that Chelsea will see their Champions League quarter-final tie against his Real Madrid side as a “great opportunity” to change their fortune of this season.

Real Madrid have an advantage of two goals with the first-leg wins. Frank Lampard’s side needs to overturn the deficit at Stamford Bridge.

Victory would see Ancelotti’s team move a step closer to retaining the trophy. Last season, they knocked out the Blues in the last eight after a thrilling tie that saw Chelsea fight back from two goals down and still lose.

Chelsea are currently 11th in the Premier League having been eliminated early from both domestic cup competitions. They can miss the Europan competition next season.

First, they will need to give Stamford Bridge another memorable European night if they are to overturn the first-leg deficit and eliminate the holders.

“Chelsea has a difficult moment,” said Ancelotti, who won a league and FA Cup double as Blues manager in 2010.

“I’m thinking the game tomorrow can be a great opportunity for them to move from this situation. We’re aware of this, we take it into consideration. We will try to play at our best.

“We’re good. We’re motivated as always. These are all important games. We have to have a very complete game. Ninety minutes remain and in this type of competition anything can happen. We’ll be ready to play at our best.

“We’re not thinking that it’s easy. That’s the opposite of what we think. I know this competition well. I know what can happen in football.

“Last year, we thought (the quarter-final second leg against Chelsea) would be the most difficult game, and we had the advantage (Real won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg). Then what happened, happened. We want to struggle less tomorrow.”


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