In the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, Chelsea will host Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, seeking to earn a victory in the process. After suffering a surprise 4-1 defeat to Brentford on Saturday, the Blues will be looking to bounce back in this match, while the Los Blancos are coming off a close 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.
As a result of his late return from international duty, Christian Pulisic’s availability for the midweek match remains in question. Ben Chilwell (knee) and Callum Hudson Odoi (back difficulties) are also out for the match.
Thomas Tuchel is anticipated to stick with the 3-4-3 formation for the next match, but he is also expected to make a handful of changes. In midfield, Jorginho might get the nod ahead of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Reece James is expected to return to the starting lineup after missing the last two games.
3-4-3 Chelsea’s Predicted Starting XI Against Real Madrid
When it comes to the forthcoming match, it is likely that Edouard Mendy will start in goal. On Wednesday, the Senegalese shot-stopper will want to put in a solid performance and keep a clean sheet for his country.
Thiago Silva is set to start in the heart of the Blues’ defense, with Antonio Rudiger slated to fill the left centre-back position on the left flank. Cesar Azpilicueta will play in the right center-back position for the first time.
In the holding midfield roles, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante might play a more central role, with the former taking on a more central role. The duo would be seeking to establish themselves as the dominant force in the midfield.
It’s possible that Marcos Alonso will start at left wing-back, with Reece James filling in on the other side as the right wing-back. Both players are anticipated to make Chelsea’s attacks in the opposing half more difficult.
Mateo Kovacic will have to make do with a spot on the bench, but he might be called upon late in the game if the situation calls for it.
It is expected that Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount would be assigned to the offensive midfield duties.
The pair would be keen to create some clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities for the front-men on the field.
Chelsea’s Kai Havertz might be the man in the middle of the field in midweek. A goal against the Real Madrid defense, which has surrendered seven goals in their past five matches in all competitions, will be the target of the 22-year-old striker when he takes on his former club.
Romelu Lukaku might make a cameo appearance in the second forty-five minutes of the game, according to reports.