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Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream: how to watch the Champions League semi-final in 4K or for free tonight, team news

Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream: how to watch the Champions League semi-final in 4K or for free
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Chelsea are in an excellent position to make their third Champions League Final tonight with the scores level and an away goal tucked under their arm. Will Real Madrid turn on the afterburners when it counts or has Thomas Tuchel created a Blues team that can go the distance and toe-to-toe with City? Make sure you know how to watch a Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream in 4K and from anywhere the world today.

The team news is in and Sergio Ramos is back from injury to start alongside Eder Militao. Nacho and Mendy will do the running on the flanks. The big news, however, is that Eden Hazard makes the XI, returning to his old stomping ground in West London. He'll tie in with Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema with the usual midfield three tucking in behind.

Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream

Kick off: 8pm BST / 9pm CET / 3pm ET

Location: Stamford Bridge, London

US stream: Paramount+ ($5.99)

AUS stream: Optus Sport (AU$14.99)

Free trials: Paramount+ & DAZN

Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN

4K stream: BT Sport

As for Chelsea, Toni Rudiger is cleared to play with Thaigo Silva and Azpilicueta in a defensive three. Mount, Havertz and Werner are the outlet for the evening. Pulisic and Giroud are on the bench if needed but there's still no place for Mateo Kovacic who hasn't recovered in time to be part of the matchday squad.

Real Madrid don't have the best away record in England. Los Blancos have not won in their last four visits and only scored two goals in total in the process but Zinedine Zidane has a knack of making it happen as a coach, having made it through the semis three times in three attempts.

It's an 8pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge tonight. Lucky football fans in Australia can subscribe to Optus Sports to catch all of the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League matches for just AU$14.99/month. Make sure to use a VPN if needed when travelling outside Australia for access.

Read on for more details on how to watch a Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream in 4K or for free wherever you are in the world.

Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream for $5.99

Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream: how to watch the Champions League in 4K or for free

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Soccer fans in the States are lucky enough to be able to watch UEFA Champions League games live through Paramount Plus – and the first 7 days are free. After that, you'll pay $5.99 a month. No contract. Bargain, right?

Of course, Paramount Plus is only available within the US. Stuck abroad? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Paramount Plus 7-day free trial - free Champions League football
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Watch a Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream anywhere in the world using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Champions League rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days
ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up. Try it – it's easier than you think.

Watch Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream in Australia

Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream live stream: team news and how to watch the Champions League

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If you're in Australia, local streaming service Optus Sport provides live coverage of the Champions League, Europa League and Premier League for just AU$14.99 per month or AU$68 for six months.

Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.

Optus Sport 6-month pass for AU$68 (£39/$53)
Watch live Premier League, Champions League, Europa League matches and exclusive sports documentaries on streaming service Optus Sport. Watch on mobile, tablet, TV, computer or games console. Cancel anytime.

You can download the Optus Sport app for Android and iOS devices. Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, LG, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast also carry the app for smart TV viewing. You can watch Optus Sport live streams through Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers and, lastly, it's also available on Xbox.

Watch Chelsea vs Real Madrid in the UK

Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream live stream: team news and how to watch the Champions League

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Rights to show the UEFA Champions League in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal to broadcast all matches from UEFA club competitions means you'll also be able to watch the Europa League. 

Chelsea vs Real Madrid will be shown on BT Sport 2 (HD) and BT Sport Ultimate (4K). The build up starts at 7.15pm BST for an 8pm kick-off.

BT Sport for existing BT TV customers from £7.50
Upgrading to all four BT Sport channels is no big deal if you’re already a BT customer. Those with BT TV already can access the channels for £7.50 per month for the first three months. BT Broadband customers can enjoy the BT Sport app and watch on the go for the same price.

New BT broadband and BT TV customers get access to some great deals including BT Sport while existing BT customers can upgrade to the sport channels for as little as £10 per month.

Sky TV users can also add BT Sport to their existing package from £30 a month, but that will not include any 4K viewing. It's also worth looking out for bundled Sky Sports and BT Sport deals.

BT Sport for Sky TV customers from £20 per month
Sky TV customers can add the BT Sport channels to their TV package for £20 per month on a 24-month contract. This gets you instant access to the BT Sport app.

However you subscribe to BT Sport, though, you will get access to streams via the BT website and BT Sport app, so you can watch on the move within the UK or from abroad, using a VPN .

Watch the Champions League live in 4K

You can watch Chelsea vs Real Madrid in 4K HDR, beamed at 50fps on BT Sport Ultimate, channel 433. If you're hooked up specifically on the BT TV platform then it's also available in with Dolby Atmos sound.

BT Sport Ultimate fixtures are also available, minus the Atmos, for Virgin Media customers who subscribe to the BT Sport Collection. You can enjoy it in 4K HDR on channel 555.

BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media £18 per month
The BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media is a £18 bolt-on, at the time of writing. It brings coverage of football, rugby, cricket, UFC and more, plus access to BT Sport Ultra HD for 4K viewing. You can cancel the subscription at any time.

Those on Virgin Media will need the Virgin V6 box and a 4K TV to make sure they're getting the action at maximum resolution. With the basic Big Bundle, BT Sport is £18 per month but all five BT Sport channels, including Ultra HD, are included on the larger TV packages which start at £57 per month. More details on Virgin Media TV bundles.

BT Sport Ultimate is not available on the Sky TV platform but anyone with an Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV or a Samsung TV can watch the Champions League in 4K HDR using the BT Sport app with the BT Sport Monthly Pass. No contract required.

BT Sport Monthly Pass £25 per month
Enjoy the Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League and more in 4K HDR, all contract-free through the BT Sport app on games consoles, Apple TV and Samsung TVs. You do not need to be a BT customer and can opt out at any time.

Watch a free Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream

Football fans in Austria, Canada, Germany and Japan get the chance to watch the UEFA Champions League for free. DAZN has the rights to show the Champions League and a whole host of sports in these territories, and, best of all, DAZN offers a 1-month free trial. So long as you've not used yours already, then you can fill your boots.

UEFA Champions League free with DAZN 1 month free trial
DAZN has the rights to the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, US Sports, Fightsports, and much more live and on demand in Austria, Canada, Germany and Japan. Try free for 1 month. Cancel at anytime.

Sadly the DAZN free trial isn't available to those outside these regions. If you are a DAZN customer but travelling abroad, simply use a VPN to access a Chelsea vs Real Madrid live stream without being blocked.

It's also worth noting that there are free streams on terrestrial channels such Match TV in Russia, if that's where you happen to be. You can find a full list of the world's broadcasters with rights to show the live Champions League football here.

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Real Madrid vs Chelsea live stream live stream: team news and how to watch the Champions League

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All times shown in BST.

Wednesday 5th May

Chelsea vs Real Madrid - 8pm