Thomas Tuchel & co. trip to most-populous city of Spain to take on Spanish champions Real Madrid in the first-leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-finals at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
The Blues head into the game aiming of get through to the final of the prestigious Uefa Champions League after end a tumultuous week in perfect fashion, by defeat their local rivals West Ham United to consolidate their fourth place on league standings.
Chelsea are made perfect start to the competitions, as they coasted through the group stages unbeaten before seeing of Madrid’s local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16.
Superb individual goals from English pair Mount and Chilwell in quarters-finals first-leg tie against FC Porto put Chelsea in spot to the last-four and book a semi-final date with Real Madrid, despite the Portuguese giants defeat them in second-leg by 1-0.
And ahead of crucial clash against Real Madrid, who seeing of Premier League champions Liverpool before reach last-four stages, Thomas Tuchel & co. does not have any fresh issues on their plate.
The major absentee for Chelsea remains Mateo Kovacic, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury that has rendered him unavailable for nearly a couple of weeks now.
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 changes to the team that defeated top-fligh West Ham United at London stadium last weekend.
Despite Kepa Arrizabalaga’s recent resurgence, Edouard Mendy remains the first-choice goalkeeper for Chelsea and is expected to start in Madrid on Tuesday night.
Club skipper Cesar Azipilicueta, who played as a wing-back at the weekend, ought to move back to the three-man defensive line, where he’s likely to partner Antonio Rudiger and Brazilian veterans defender Thiago Silva, with Andreas Christensen the unlucky one to miss out.
Hakim Ziyech will play Real Madrid for the 2nd time in his last 3 seasons in our #UCL semifinal.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) April 26, 2021
The last time he played them he scored in the home and away legs, including this masterclass at the Johan Cruijff Arena. pic.twitter.com/pmUfRTMlsA
Reece James, who came off the bench in league game at the weekend, should return to the lineup as the right wing-back and will be a key attacking outlet with his forward bursts, just like Ben Chilwell on the opposite flank, with the Englishman now being favoured over ex-Real Madrid man Marcos Alonso.
As for the midfield, tireless midfielder N’Golo Kante could partner Jorginho at the middle of park, since Mateo Kovacic still remains unavailable. The duo will be integral to nullifying the impact of their opponent numbers Modric and Kroos, which could be pivotal for the outcome of the game.
Finally in attack, Mason Mount is undropable and will once again start on the right of the front three while Christian Pulisic, who produced remarkable performance in recent weeks, should be rewarded with another start while Timo Werner, who ended his long-running goal drought on Saturday, should get the nod as the centre-forward as he rides the wave of confidence.
That would mean the likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud miss out once again.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilcueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Werner
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