Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Team news, and Predicted line-ups ahead of Champions League quarter-final at Madrid.
Real Madrid are heavy favorites to reach the Champions League semi-finals, but Chelsea has a lot of work to do at the Bernabeu.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the two-legged last eight tie thanks to a hat-trick from Karim Benzema.
Despite both Ancelotti and Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel making changes, both clubs won the league on the weekend.
Chelsea will have to win by more than a single goal at the home of the Spanish league leaders if they are to keep their Champions League defense on track, something only one team (Barcelona) has done in the 2021/22 season.
Carlo Ancelotti rested a few of his senior players in the weekend win over Getafe, but Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Carvajal should all return to the starting lineup, which will likely be identical to the one that started the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
After Eder Militao’s red card last week, the Real Madrid manager will be compelled to make at least one change, with Nacho Fernandez the most likely benefactor of Militao’s absence in central defense.
Eden Hazard will be absent once more as he recovers from ankle surgery, according to Ancelotti.
Romelu Lukaku missed the trip to the south coast with an injury, and is a doubt.
Cesar Azpilicueta has tested positive for Covid-19 and will require a negative test to take any part in the fixture.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea; Predicted line-ups
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Nacho, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius.
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Havertz, Werner, Mount.