Chelsea host Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night, as Thomas Tuchel wants to direct the Blues to the first final of the competition since 2012.
Chelsea have a slight advantage from the first draw with 1: 1 in Madrid, thanks to the guest scored by Christian Pulisic in the first half. They were the better side for a significant part of the game and fans can take hope from the one before.
Here is a look at the initial XI that the manager can choose …
Edouard Mendy (GK) – Keep clean marks in the Premier League on both sides of the strike of Karim Benzema, who defeated him in the first match.
Cesar Aspilicueta (RWB) – He may return to the wings after Reese James favored Fulham. The experience and defensive stability of the Spaniard is a plus.
Thiago Silva (CB) – He is expected to reach two Champions League finals in consecutive seasons after reaching the final last season with Paris Saint-Germain.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – The Dane was almost a regular under Tuhel’s leadership after falling out of favor with Frank Lampard and looks a different player from the one who had been relegated before.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Fulham’s game with a facial injury came out over the weekend, but he is expected to return for the one with a protective mask.
Ben Chillwell (LWB) – He has been coming in and out of the team lately, as Tuhel alternated with Marcos Alonso semi-regularly, but has had a nod in each of his last three Champions League games.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – The Frenchman appeared from the bench only over the weekend, which will serve as an important break after he recently returned from a short spell, injured.
Georgino (CM) – Made way for Billy Gilmore to get a few minutes under his belt in the Premier League against Fulham and is expected to return. Mateo Kovacic is also likely to be expelled.
Mason Mount (AM) – Chelsea will look for his creativity to bring them ahead in the draw, although he has only one goal and one assist in the Champions League this season.
Timo Werner (FW) – He missed a golden opportunity in the first match in Madrid, but managed to score in each of his last two matches in the Premier League.
Kai Haverts (FW) – None of Chelsea’s strikers are likely to play as a typical “number nine”, as Tuhel wants to ensure that Sergio Ramos has no one to fight directly.
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