Thomas Tuchel & co. will welcome Spanish champions Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge this evening in the second-leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final.
The Blues head into the game aiming of progress to the final of the Uefa Champions League for the first time since 2012 and book a date with Manchester City, who seeing of Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening.
Chelsea, who bolstered their prospect of finishing inside the top-four in the Premier League this season with a 2-0 win over local rivals Fulham on Saturday, know that a clean-sheet this evening would be enough to get the job done, after the first-leg ended 1-1 in Spain last week.
A draw at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium ensured Chelsea enter tonight’s clash in the driving seat after Christian Pulisic netted a massive away goal before Karim Benzema’s stunning hit ensured Madrid got themselves back in the tie.
And ahead of crucial clash against Madrid, who have gone unbeaten in 19 matches across all competition, Thomas Tuchel & co. received huge boost concerning the situation of Antonio Rudiger.
The German defender, who suffered facial injury towards the end of his side’s 1-1 draw in the first-leg against Real Madrid last week, returned to first-team training session on Tuesday ahead of tonight’s clash.
Rudiger has missed the Blues’ 2-0 win against Fulham on Saturday afternoon but his appeared at Cobham training based on Tuesday, means he ready to lead Blues back-line against Los Blancos side tonight.
Mateo Kovacic has continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury while N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azipilicueta, who are given a breather in Blues’ victory over Fulham, expected to back in starting XI, after trio involved in first-team training session on Tuesday morning.
Mason Mount, on the other hand, is fit to feature against Madrid, despite sustained sustained [knock] against Fulham while Kai Havertz is eyeing starting lineup against Spanish champions after impressive at weekend against the Cottagers.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to make a lot of changes to the side that performed well last time out.
So we can expect minimum of changes in the starting lineup as Blues looking to get through to the final of the Uefa Champions League for the first time since 2012.
Edouard Mendy should continuing in the goal after a brilliant display at the weekend. Antonio Rudiger ought to return to the side, slotting in as the left-sided centre-back in place of Kurt Zouma while Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen should hold on to their places.
As for the two wing-back positions, club skipper Cesar Azipilicueta is expected to slotting in at right wing-back at expense of Reece James while Ben Chilwell continues on the opposite side.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante were both given a breather for the weekend clash and should walk back into the starting XI, starting in the middle of the park, from where they will look to cut out the influence of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Mason Mount, who has establish himself as one of the pivotal player in Blues’ squad, should hold on to his place as one of the two attacking midfielders while Christian Pulisic ought to return after not being involved in the league game.
Timo Werner had a good outing against Fulham but Kai Havertz, who starred with a match-winning brace, ought to line up as the centre-forward for Chelsea against Real Madrid.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
Daniele Orsato will be the referee for the Champions League clash between Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA), Fabiano Preti (ITA)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
Fourth official: Davide Massa (ITA)
Kick-off at 8:0PM