May 16, 2021

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Champions League: Predicted Chelsea lineup (3-4-2-1) vs Real Madrid

Chelsea entertain Real Madrid in the second round of the Champions League semi-final draw on Wednesday night.

The Blues recorded a 1-1 draw at Alfredo di Stefano Stadium last week, securing a crucial away goal.

The West London club dominated the procedure in the first half, but they could not take full advantage of their scoring chances.

Christian Pulisic scored an early goal for the Blues. Karim Benzema equalized with Los Blancos’ only shot on goal.

Thomas Tuchel hopes for a better attacking display. The club aims to reach the final for the first time since 2012.

With the away advantage, a goalless draw would be enough to secure their place in the final in Istanbul later this month.

Formation: 3-4-2-1

Predicted line-up:

Edouard Mendy produced a fine performance against Fulham with three key savings. He kept his 23rd clean sheet from his 39th appearance for the club. He is expected to start in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In defense, Tuchel may prefer the same lineup from the reverse match in Madrid. Antonio Rudiger is likely to return to starting XI in place of Kurt Zouma. The German will wear a mask for a facial injury inflicted last week.

Reece James should fall on the bench with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who is likely to come from the right-back position. Ben Chilwell starts in the opposite side in front of Marcos Alonso. He has made the position his own in recent weeks.

Tuchel managed to give a break to both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho last weekend with Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour playing in midfield. The experienced duo is expected to start this game. Mateo Kovacic is a big doubt with a hamstring injury.

With the pair’s return, Mount will have to play a more advanced attacking role. He will probably take his place from Hakim Ziyech. There may be another change with Christian Pulisic returning to the line-up before Timo Werner.

Tuchel has continued with Werner in the starting lineup in recent weeks, but he could fall on the bench instead of Kai Havertz, who starred against the Cottagers with a hoop. The German is likely to play in the fake number nine role.

How Chelsea could line up against Real Madrid

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