Chelsea begin our UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage campaign with a trip to Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano on Wednesday evening.
The draw for the group stage of the competition saw us placed in Group D alongside Paris FC, BK Hacken and Real Madrid. We faced the Spaniards in the group phase of last year’s competition taking four points from six available with a home win and a draw on our travels.
We reached the semi-finals of the competition last season where we narrowly fell to eventual champions Barcelona over two legs and this time around, another trip to southern Europe awaits as we begin our final European journey of Emma Hayes’ tenure.
Our hectic November continues with four more matches in store starting with the trip to Madrid in midweek, where we will be looking to continue our unbeaten start to the season and kick-off our Champions League campaign with a positive result.
When and where?
We make the trip to Spain to take on Real Madrid on matchday one of the UEFA Women’s Champions League at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano this Wednesday 15 November, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm (UK time).
How to follow
As always, you can follow the game via Chelsea Women’s social media channels. There will be live commentary on our Twitter page and regular updates on Facebook and Instagram. Simply search ‘ChelseaFCW’ on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The game will also be streamed live for free in the UK by DAZN on their YouTube channel.
An unbeaten start to the season on the domestic stage has seen the Blues record five wins and one draw from our opening six league matches of the season. We hold a three-point advantage at the top of the WSL table having scored 18 goals and conceded just four in the process.
As for our opponents, Real Madrid are in a rich vein of form in their domestic league and occupy second place in the Primera Division, three points behind leaders Barcelona, and recorded an emphatic 7-1 victory over Real Sociedad in their previous league outing on home turf.
Both teams will be looking to carry their strong starts on the domestic front into the opening matchweek of the Champions League and will have equal ambitions of going all the way to next year’s final in Bilbao.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea recent head-to-head record
Our last visit to the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano came in December last year, when we salvaged a draw to take a point back to London. Caroline Weir opened the scoring for the hosts before Guro Reiten’s penalty squeezed past goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez to ensure a share of the spoils on the night.
In the reverse fixture at Kingsmeadow in November, goals from Sophie Ingle and Erin Cuthbert helped us secure a 2-0 victory, which set us on our way to qualifying for the knockout stages as eventual group winners.
Next up for the Blues
Following the trip to Madrid in midweek, we return to Barclays Women’s Super League action when Liverpool are the visitors to Stamford Bridge on Saturday 18 November.
Kick-off is scheduled for 1.30pm (UK time) and the match has been selected for live television coverage on the BBC.
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