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Apr 27, 2021 at 8pm UK at Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano
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How Chelsea could line up against Real Madrid

How Chelsea could line up against Real Madrid
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Chelsea could line up for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid.

Chelsea will travel to the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium without former Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Los Blancos.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has already ruled the Croatian out of Tuesday's tie with a thigh problem, but the Blues have no fresh injury concerns from their narrow win over West Ham United.

Kovacic's absence will see Jorginho and N'Golo Kante continue to man the engine room once more, while Ben Chilwell is sure to keep his place on the left after setting up Timo Werner for the winner at the London Stadium.

There could be an alteration on the right, though, as Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to move back into the heart of defence, allowing Reece James to bomb down the flanks.

James should be supporting two familiar faces in Mason Mount and Werner up top, but Kai Havertz is competing for a place over Christian Pulisic, and it is a battle that the German may win.

Thiago Silva managed to come through the full 90 minutes against West Ham unscathed, so the veteran centre-back should join Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger in the back three as Andreas Christensen drops out.

Edouard Mendy has reclaimed his rightful spot in goal over Kepa Arrizabalaga, and he will hope to equal Keylor Navas's record of the fewest goals conceded in his first 10 Champions League matches, having shipped just two goals in nine so far.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount; Werner; Havertz

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