Held in check in Madrid, Zinedine Zidane’s Real should be able to count on the return of their captain Sergio Ramos on Wednesday evening (9 p.m.) to make the difference against Chelsea in the semi-final of the Champions League.
To land his second consecutive ticket to the Champions League final – after the one obtained with PSG last year – Thomas Tuchel should be able to count on all his men on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge. Only the Croatian Mateo Kovačić will be absent and the doublet of the first leg, Kanté-Jorginho, will start. Little doubt in attack where Kai Havertz, double scorer this weekend, can claim a place in the eleven. It remains to be seen whether Tuchel will choose Timo Werner or Christian Pulisic to accompany him.
Opposite, Zinedine Zidane will probably not be able to align his essential central hinge: Sergio Ramos and Raphaël Varane. If the Spaniard makes his comeback, the Frenchman will be absent due to a groin problem. Again in legs and holder this weekend against Osasuna (2-0), Eden Hazard should also be part of the game to try to qualify the Merengues against his former club. Author of a sumptuous goal in the first leg, Karim Benzema will have to be marked very closely by the Blues not to repeat.
Likely team compositions:
Chelsea: Mendy – Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Christensen – James, Kanté, Jorginho, Chilwell – Mount, Havertz, Werner (or Pulisic)
Real Madrid : Courtois – Nacho, Militão, Ramos, Marcelo – Casemiro, Modrić, Kroos – Vinícius Júnior, Benzema, Hazard