Comfirmed:Chelsea line up vs Real Madrid

Thomas Tuchel has kept faith in the same starting XI that beat West Ham United at the weekend for tonight’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.

 

Mateo Kovacic is the only player unavailable, as injury prevents him from facing his former club, meaning Jorginho and N’Golo Kante continue as the midfield pairing in an unchanged line-up for Chelsea.

 

That means Cesar Azpilicueta looks set to continue captaining the side from wing-back, with Ben Chilwell on the other flank, and a front three of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner.

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At the back, the trio which kept a clean sheet at the London Stadium, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen, along with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, will attempt to shut out the opposition again in Madrid.

Real Madrid are without injured defenders Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy, but Toni Kroos returns in midfield, while former Blues winger Eden Hazard is among their substitutes after making his own comeback over the weekend. Fellow ex-Blue Thibaut Courtois starts in goal for Los Blancos.

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Zinedine Zidane also looks set to switch his formation to match our own back three, with Marcelo coming into the team as captain, along with Kroos and Vinicius Junior, as they make three changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Real Betis in their last match.

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Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta (c), Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Werner, Pulisic

 

Substitutes: Caballero, Kepa, Alonso, Emerson, James, Zouma, Gilmour, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Abraham, Giroud

 

Real Madrid: Courtois; Eder Militao, Varane, Nacho; Carvajal, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Marcelo (c); Benzema, Vinicius

 

Substitutes: Altube, Lunin, Odriozola, Gutierrez, Blanco, Isco, Asensio, Hazard, Rodrygo, Arribas, Diaz

 

Referee: Danny Makkelie

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