Carlo Ancelotti warned that Chelsea will see their Champions League quarter-final second-leg meeting against his Real Madrid side as a “great opportunity” to turn a disappointing season around.
European champions Real lead 2-0 from last week’s first leg at the Bernabeu after a dominant display against Frank Lampard’s side, who played the final 30 minutes with 10 men and were outclassed.
Victory would see Ancelotti’s team move a step closer to retaining the trophy they won for the 14th time last season, when 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.
They are currently 11th in the Premier League having been eliminated early from both domestic cup competitions, with hopes of returning to the Champions League next season resting on winning the competition in June.
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.
“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.”
“Of course they had some good chances,” said Militao. “Thibaut (Courtois) made good saves. They have great players.
“We know we can’t miss tomorrow. Who makes the least mistakes will end up winning so we’ve got to turn up with the same attitude we had in the first leg. Don’t overthink it.”