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Real Madrid’s Champions League clashes in England have been gripping ahead of Chelsea showdown

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Real Madrid return to England tonight to lock horns with Thomas Tuchle’s resurgent Chelsea side in their Champions League final second leg.

The tie is tantalisingly poised; Chelsea have the upper hand with the away goal in the 1-1 draw from the first leg but Madrid have a three-time Champions League winning manager in Zinedine Zidane and players such as Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema who know what it takes to win Europe’s elite club competition.

Ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge, Sportsmail reflects on some of the stand-out Champions League ties from recent years involving Real on these shores.

Real Madrid trained at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday on the eve of their game against Chelsea

Real Madrid trained at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday on the eve of their game against Chelsea

Real Madrid trained at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday on the eve of their game against Chelsea 

APRIL 19, 2000 – MANCHESTER UNITED 2-3 REAL MADRID 

A super victory for Real on their way to winning the tournament that season. They were 3-0 up at one point and stifled a United fightback after goals from David Beckham and Paul Scholes.

But it was Fernando Redondo who stole the show with a sumptuous piece of skill to set up Raul’s second and Real’s third.

With Henning Berg ushering the midfielder out wide as Redondo dribbled forward, he produced a sublime back-heel flick to bamboozle the United man before meeting the ball on the byline and slotting it across goal into Raul, who duly converted from close range.

A goal fitting enough to win any European tie. 

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NOVEMBER 22, 2000 – LEEDS UNITED 0-2 REAL MADRID

The following season, the European champions were at Elland Road to take on David O’Leary’s Leeds United. 

Leeds, including players such as Marc Viduka, Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Smith in their starting line-up, fought valiantly against their illustrious opponents and held them for an hour before Real’s quality struck.

They hit two goals in two minutes, with a deflected Fernando Hierro header in the 66th minute breaking the deadlock before smart play from Steve McManaman and Guti led to Raul getting a second two minutes later. 

Jonathan Woodgate and Guti battle for possession in Real Madrid's match against Leeds

Jonathan Woodgate and Guti battle for possession in Real Madrid's match against Leeds

Jonathan Woodgate and Guti battle for possession in Real Madrid’s match against Leeds

REAL IN ENGLAND 

PLAYED: 42

WON: 17

DRAWN: 12

LOST: 13

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APRIL 23, 2003 – MANCHESTER UNITED 4-3 REAL MADRID

A pyrrhic victory for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men after they were beaten 3-1 in the first leg and crashed out 6-5 on aggregate.

It was a night that was defined by Real striker Ronaldo, who fired in a sensational hat-trick to haul his side into the semi-finals of that year’s tournament with a display that, as much as any in his career, summaries what a prodigious talent he was. 

He opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a ruthless finish, driving in low from the edge of the area. United responded via Ruud van Nistlerooy and an Ivan Helguera own goal before Ronaldo came into his own, firing in two goals in eight second half minutes.

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For his second, he converted from six yards after a slick team move but the third was all about the No 11 himself. Picking the ball up in the United have he turned and ran at goal, carving out an angle from 25 yeards before unleashing thunderous strike that swerved away from Fabian Barthez’s reach.

David Beckham, a substitute that night for United amid continuing links over a summer move to Real, came on and scored twice but it wasn’t enough. 

Ronaldo's mesmerising display against Manchester United is one of the all-time great Champions League performances in the history of the competition

Ronaldo's mesmerising display against Manchester United is one of the all-time great Champions League performances in the history of the competition

Ronaldo’s mesmerising display against Manchester United is one of the all-time great Champions League performances in the history of the competition

Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick as the Spanish side defeated United 6-5 on aggregate

Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick as the Spanish side defeated United 6-5 on aggregate

Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick as the Spanish side defeated United 6-5 on aggregate

MARCH 10, 2009 – LIVERPOOL 4-0 REAL MADRID

There is no shame in crumbling under the Anfield atmosphere but for a team of Real Madrid’s calibre, a 4-0 defeat is particularly painful.

After losing the first leg at the Bernabeu 1-0 with a goal from Yossi Benayoun, Real arrived on Merseyside with it all to do but never laid a glove on Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool.

Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the 16th minute, Steven Gerrard got two more and Andrea Dossena rounded off the scoring two minutes from time.

In truth, if it wasn’t for Iker Casillas, the scoreline could have been for worse for Real. Sergio Ramos and Marcelo both featured for Real that night.

Steven Gerrard spearheaded Liverpool to a 4-0 win over Madrid at Anfield back in 2009

Steven Gerrard spearheaded Liverpool to a 4-0 win over Madrid at Anfield back in 2009

Steven Gerrard spearheaded Liverpool to a 4-0 win over Madrid at Anfield back in 2009

MARCH 5, 2013 – REAL MADRID 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

A game that took on greater significance a little over two months later when, on May 8, Sir Alex Ferguson announced he was stepping down as Manchester United manager.

The manner of that defeat in March at Old Trafford wrangled with the Scot because United appeared in control of the tie until Nani was harshly sent off in the second half for an aerial challenge with Alvaro Arbeloa.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg Madrid, who were then being managed by Jose Mourinho, gifted United an away goal when Sergio Ramos put through his own net.

Nani was sent off for challenging Alvaro Arbeloa with a high boot in the 2013 encounter

Nani was sent off for challenging Alvaro Arbeloa with a high boot in the 2013 encounter

Nani was sent off for challenging Alvaro Arbeloa with a high boot in the 2013 encounter

It wasn't known at the time but the game was to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last in Europe

It wasn't known at the time but the game was to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last in Europe

It wasn’t known at the time but the game was to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last in Europe

But with Ferguson and United raging after Nani saw red, Mourinho’s men were clinical with the extra man. 

Luka Modric levelled the scored before Old Trafford hero Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal that dumped United out of Europe and brought the curtain down on Ferguson’s coaching career in the continent.

Mourinho admitted his side had ridden their luck, saying: ‘The best team lost.’

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 – TOTTENHAM 3-1 REAL MADRID

The last time Real played in London and a result that perhaps eptiomises just how far Tottenham have fallen in the last few years.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side swept Zidane’s men away in the group stage clash with a blistering performance. 

Dele Alli fired in two goals and Christian Eriksen got the third for Spurs. Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike in the 80th minute was nothing more than a consolation.

The game was held at Wembley with Tottenham’s new stadium being built. Real will be praying that their latest visit to London, this time to the west of the city, will prove to be far more enjoyable. 

Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham beat Real 3-1 when the Spaniard last visited London

Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham beat Real 3-1 when the Spaniard last visited London

Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham beat Real 3-1 when the Spaniard last visited London

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