Here is expected Chelsea starting XI lineup as they take on Real Madrid In the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Tuesday night, April 27.
Thomas Tuchel has called on his players to maintain their big-game mentality – and has been boosted with a near fully-fit squad for Wednesday’s first leg.
Kovacic damaged his hamstring ahead of the quarter-final second leg against Porto, but it is hoped he will be back for the game against Fulham on Saturday.
Tuchel said: “It’s only Kovacic that we are missing, everybody else is available and in the squad with us for tomorrow.
“We have had now several matches at the highest level because we play in the most demanding league in Europe, so we have it every three days, but in these competitions they have been crucial matches which is very clear, and we have delivered and performed.
Predicted Chelsea XI Lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
Real Madrid have announced their 22-man squad ahead of Tuesday evening’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg against Chelsea at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium
Full Real Madrid squad available to face Chelsea:
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin & Diego Altube.
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola & Miguel.
Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Casemiro, Sergio Arribas & Antonio Blanco.
Attackers: Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Mariano & Rodrygo.