Champions League: Real Madrid’s players touch down in London ahead of Chelsea clash
Fit and Started! Real Madrid players land in London for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea… but they arrive in the English capital WITHOUT boss Carlo Ancelotti as he waits to test negative for Covid
- The Real Madrid squad arrived in London on Tuesday afternoon, fully kitted out
- They will face Chelsea in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday
- Gareth Bale and Co arrived without boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has not traveled
- Real Madrid still hopes Ancelotti can test negative for Covid and fly on match day
Real Madrid’s players arrived dressed to impress as they landed in London ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final in Chelsea.
Gareth Bale and Co emerged from their team jet in black suits with a black tie.
But they made the short trip from Madrid to London without boss Carlo Ancelotti, while the Italian still had to test negative for Covid before leaving for the trip.
Star striker Karim Benzema, whose choice of scarf showed that he was completely unprepared for the London chill, was in a good mood when he held out two fingers in a peace sign to the club’s photographer after landing.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois smiled broadly as he landed on familiar ground, having been Chelsea’s No. 1 for years before moving to Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old joined Chelsea in 2011 and spent seven years at the club, although the first three seasons were loaned to Atlético Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti did not travel with his squad on Tuesday for their Champions League clash at Chelsea, as he wants to deliver a negative test for Covid-19.
He replaced Petr Cech as the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper for the 2014-15 season and went on to make 154 appearances for the club, winning two Premier League titles.
Courtois hopes he will be well received by Chelsea supporters but knows he must be prepared for a wave of booing given the shame surrounding his departure.
“I’m prepared for whatever comes and we’ll have to see how it goes.
“I hope it’s a happy return to Stamford Bridge. We are now rivals. They will want to win and so will I, so I don’t expect any applause from the fans.”
Courtois played at Stamford Bridge last season, although the game was behind closed doors