Chelsea will host Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final battle. Here are some Chelsea vs Real Madrid team news before Wednesday night.
A rain-soaked first leg in Madrid ended in a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano last week.
Christian Pulisic’s opener was canceled out by an equally impressive Karim Benzema end. So for this second leg, the tie is delicately balanced.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Team News
After missing the 2-0 victory over Fulham due to a knock, Thomas Tuchel will expect to get Antonio Rudiger return.
Tuchel could very well field the same lineup as in the first leg.
As for the his two fellow Germans, Kai Havertz, who scored twice against the Cottagers, will want to start.
And Timo Werner will play alongside Christian Pulisic on the offensive line.
That’s because Mateo Kovacic is ruled out for the hosts.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Silva, Rudiger, Christensen; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
Eden Hazard performed poorly against Osasuna on Saturday, and it’s unclear if he’ll appear against his former club.
As a result of the absences of Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola could start at right-back.
Or he may start as a wing-back, if Zinedine Zidane opts for a three-man backline once more.
Sergio Ramos, who planned to play against Osasuna but was not included in the weekend squad, may not start again.
Marcelo will sit out the Chelsea game entirely. Instead, he will participate in the Madrid Assembly elections as a polling station volunteer.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
- Last week, Chelsea drew 1-1 in rain-soaked Madrid, and the away goal will be a relief for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
- At the weekend, both European powerhouses won 2-0 in their respective domestic league. Chelsea defeated Fulham and Los Blancos easily dispatched Osasuna.
- In Tuchel’s 11 games in London, the Blues have only conceded five goals. Moreover, all five came in a 5-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in early April. That’s impressive for a new coach.
- Meanwhile, Real Madrid have only scored two goals in their last seven away matches. They were undefeated in their last nine games.
Real cannot count on their tenacious, albeit weakened, defense to get them to the Champions League final.
They must also score goals at Stamford Bridge if they want to qualify for the showpiece game.
Such a tactic could expose Zidane’s men to Chelsea’s pace on the offensive. The Blues are known for their attack, and not defense.
So, we can expect a slim victory for Tuchel’s crop as they prepare to travel to Istanbul.