In 2020/21, the two sides came face-to-face in semi-finals and it was the Premier League outfit who emerged victorious by an aggregate scoreline of 3-1.
Chelsea won 2-0 in the second leg at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount.
Thomas Tuchel will be hoping for a repeat of that on Wednesday for Real Madrid’s latest trip to west London.
Chelsea were simply too good during the last meeting at Stamford Bridge, with N’Golo Kante dropping a midfield masterclass.
One of the Blues’ other top performers on the night was Kai Havertz, who was a constant thorn in Real Madrid’s side with his shrewd movement in attacking areas.
The Germany international’s display was of the very highest quality and the same can be said about the time-wasting tactic he used to get the better of Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos.
After Kante had given away a free-kick in the middle of the park, Havertz spotted an opportunity to kill a few precious seconds while the tie was still in the balance.
As Ramos and Kroos approached him to collect the ball, Havertz bent down as if he were about to pick it up, only to then kick it away with his right foot.
Video: Havertz’s ingenious time-wasting vs Real Madrid
Textbook stuff this from Kai Havertz 👌— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 6, 2021
Sold Ramos and Kroos for a hotdog…
Lovely work 😂 pic.twitter.com/WXcAQL9cxx
Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos have seven Champions Leagues, two World Cups and almost 300 international appearances between them.— GOAL (@goal) May 11, 2021
Kai Havertz didn't care 💀pic.twitter.com/4D5Y6fDPov
Who knew Havertz was an elite-level wind-up merchant, eh? It’s a time-wasting tactic that any of football’s masters of the dark arts would be proud of.
Chelsea’s £72 million forward has been in fine form this season, so much so that Romelu Lukaku has had to make do with a place on the bench most weeks.
Havertz has scored 11 goals and assisted a further five across all competitions in 2021/22 thus far.
He’s finally starting to live up to his enormous price tag and the onus will be on him to deliver against Real Madrid again on Wednesday evening.
Especially after Chelsea’s 4-1 humiliation at home against Brentford last Saturday…