KICK off: 5 May 22:00
Team news: Chelsea will make do without former Blancos midfielder Mateo Kovacic after he suffered a small setback in his recovery from a thigh issue, but Mason Mount is expected to be fit despite a scare against Fulham. Tuchel is also optimistic that Antonio Rudiger will make the cut after he sustained a minor head injury in the first leg, and the German’s return could see Kurt Zouma drop out of the back three. Cesar Azpilicueta was given the day off against Fulham so should displace Reece James at right-wing back, while surprise starter Billy Gilmour will occupy a spot on the bench as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante return to the engine room. Pulisic and Mount will once again link up in the final third, while Tuchel has a big decision to make when it comes to who will spearhead the attack, and Havertz may edge out Werner after his man-of-the-match display at the weekend. Real Madrid were expected to welcome 100-goal captain Ramos back to the fold for the visit of Osasuna, but the 35-year-old’s calf problem prevented him from earning some valuable minutes, although Los Blancos remain optimistic over his fitness for the second leg. Ramos would make a very timely return to the fold if he is passed fit as Varane was hooked at half time at the weekend, and the Frenchman has now been ruled out with an abductor issue. Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez’s absences may force Zidane to field Alvaro Odriozola from the off, especially if Nacho Fernandez has to fill in at centre-back, but Marcelo being called up for polling duty should not impact his availability for the second leg. Should Marcelo be cutting it too close, Zidane will hope that Ferland Mendy shakes off a calf problem in time to start on the left, and midfielder Federico Valverde is in the squad after recovering from coronavirus. Eden Hazard failed to influence the game from the start against Osasuna so may not start upon his return to Stamford Bridge, but Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will both return after being rested at the weekend.
Prediction: Over 2 goals on Asian handicap
League: Champions League
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