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Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream: How to watch Champions League Quarter-Final online

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The Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream sees the defending Champions of Europe attempt to claw their way back into a Quarter-Final tie that is probably beyond them.

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The Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream takes place today (Tuesday, April 12).
► Time: 8 p.m. BST/  3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
• U.S. — Watch on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab)
U.K. — Watch on BT Sport (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Last week, Real Madrid stunned the Stamford Bridge crowd with a comprehensive 3-1 victory thanks to a hat-trick by Karim Benzema. Chelsea simply couldn't cope with the French star and head to the intimidating atmosphere of the Bernabeu with a massive task ahead of them.

Romelu Lukaku won't be among those players trying to overturn that two-goal advantage today, as he has an achilles injury. Given his form lately, that may not hurt Chelsea too much. However captain Cesar Azpilicueta is on the bench, having missed the weekend victory over Southampton due to Covid.

Chelsea won that game 6-0, so they have goals within them — and Timo Werner is one of the starters having starred against the Saints. But beating Real at home is a different matter of course. They can at least look to history for inspiration: they lost 3-1 to Napoli in the last 16 of last year's competition and went on to win 5-4 on aggregate.

Here's how they line up:

Chelsea: Mendy, James, Silva, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Mount, Havertz, Werner.

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Nacho, Alaba, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Junior.

Can Chelsea pull off a great escape? Find out by watching the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream.

Of course there are other games this week, so also check out our guide to how to watch the Bayern Munich vs Villarreal live stream — and our full how to watch Champions League 21/22 hub for fixtures and more.

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream wherever you are

The Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Paramount Plus or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab). Kick off is at 3 p.m. ET. / 12 p.m. PT.

If you're a subscriber but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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How to watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream in the UK

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BT Sport (opens in new tab) has the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream in the U.K., and you can watch it on BT Sport 2HD and BT Sport Ultimate. The game kicks-off at 8 p.m. BST. 

Prices differ hugely depending on whether you already have BT TV and a BT broadband subscription. If you have both, you can add the Sports package for £15/month plus a £20 upfront fee, or go for the £40/month Big Sports package which also includes all of the Sky Sports channels, giving you a total of 160 live streams.

Another option for non-BT subscribers is the BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab) (£25), which lets you watch via an app for a fixed time and doesn't require a lengthy subscription.

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream on DAZN (opens in new tab)

Sadly, DAZN no longer offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period, so you'll have to pay the $20 CAD per month fee, although you can save a little by buying annually ($150 CAD). DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on every single streaming platform there is.

Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to trick their streaming device to thinking it's back in the great white north.

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream on Stan (opens in new tab). The streaming service offers a 30-day free trial, after which subscriptions start at $10 AUD. To watch the Champions League 21/22 you'll also need to pay $10 for the Sports add-on — but this also includes a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab)

Stan users stuck abroad can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to still access the service they already pay for.

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream in New Zealand

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New Zealanders can watch the Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream on Spark Sport (opens in new tab). This costs $24.99 NZD per month, but there's currently a 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) so you can check it out and see how you like it.

Spark is available via web browsers plus loads of streaming devices including Chromecast and Apple TV, so there's no shortage of ways to watch it. And as well as the EPL action you also get cricket, NBA basketball, F1 racing and more.

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

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