Chelsea are set to face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-final as they play the first-leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
Chelsea return to Champions League action as they face Real Madrid in the first leg of the semifinals on Tuesday. The Blues will travel to Spain, and will hope to gain an early advantage before the return leg at Stamford Bridge. Last time, Chelsea were up against a Spanish side in the UCL, they secured a 4-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, over the course of two legs.
Thomas Tuchel’s side defeated West Ham by a score-line of 1-0, a couple of days ago. Thiago Silva returned from injury and put in a worthy performance at the back. Mateo Kovacic will be unavailable for Tuesday’s clash, as he continues to remain on the sidelines due to an injury. Tuchel has a fully fit squad to chose from and will look forward to fielding his best eleven.
Edouard Mendy will start between the sticks for Chelsea. The trio of Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger will start in the defence for the visitors. Andreas Christensen will miss out on a spot in the starting lineup, despite a solid performance over the weekend.
Ben Chilwell will continue to operate from the left-wing back position. The Englishman scored a crucial away goal against FC Porto in the first leg of the last 16 clash. Reece James will start at the right-wing back position, after starting from the bench against the Hammers.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will continue to operate from the midfield, given the absence of Mateo Kovacic. The duo have been solid in midfield, providing vital protection to the three-man defence. Hakim Ziyech scored the winner against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinal clash and is expected to start as the right-attacking midfielder. The former Ajax forward missed out on a spot in the starting lineup against West Ham and is expected to feature against the Merengues.
Mason Mount has been an integral part of Chelsea’s squad this season, and he will certainly start on Tuesday. The Englishman was on the scoresheet against FC Porto in the first leg, after he opened the scoring for his side. Timo Werner found his goal-scoring form over the weekend, as he scored the only goal of the match against West Ham. Despite being guilty of missing a great opportunity to double the score, the German striker seems to have done enough to warrant him a start against Real Madrid.