Chelsea will hope to book a place in the semifinals of the Champions League as they face Porto in the second leg of the quarter-finals.
Chelsea earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over FC Porto in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash. The Blues will now look forward to completing the job on Tuesday as they face off against Porto in the second leg at Seville. Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were on the scoresheet for the Blues last week, giving their side a clear advantage against the Portuguese side.
Thomas Tuchel has plenty of options to choose from and will hope to field his best lineup on Tuesday. Mateo Kovacic, who has been an integral part of the team for the past few months, will miss the second leg due to an injury. Nonetheless, the German manager has a wide array of choices at his disposal to select the starting eleven.
Edouard Mendy will start between the sticks for the Blues. Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen started against Porto last week, and are expected to hold their place in the team. The trio put in a great shift at the back, keeping the Porto attackers at bay. This means Thiago Silva will start from the bench, once again.
Reece James was impressive in the first leg and will operate from the right-wing back position. Ben Chilwell doubled the lead for the visitors last week after he scored a late goal to complete a terrific victory for the London side. The Englishman will continue to operate from the left-wing back position.
N’Golo Kante will have to be drafted into the starting lineup due to Kovacic’s injury. However, Tuchel stated that he would make a late call on Kante’s availability given that he has just recovered from a hamstring injury. Jorginho is a certain starter for Chelsea in the centre of the park for Tuesday’s clash.
Mason Mount has been an indispensable part of Chelsea’s squad this season and will start as the right-attacking midfielder. The 22-year old opened the scoring for the Blues in the first leg and has proven to be a match-winner. Christian Pulisic has scored three goals in his two previous starts for the club and is expected to operate as the left-attacking midfielder. The American’s recent form in front of goal is likely to earn him a nod over Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz.
Timo Werner was on the bench for Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace over the weekend, and he is expected to start on Wednesday. Despite his poor form in front of goal, Tuchel has vested huge faith in him and will give him another opportunity to prove himself.