This Wednesday night, Chelsea and Real Madrid will face each other in the quarterfinal first leg of the UEFA Champions League. Here are the two eleven that should start this five star clash.
A nice revenge. This Wednesday night, Chelsea and Real Madrid will meet in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. A year ago, the two giants of European soccer had already crossed swords in the semi-finals. After a draw in the first leg (1-1), the Blues finally won in front of their fans (2-0) before lifting the cup with the big ears afterwards. This Wednesday, it’s time for revenge for the Merengues! But they will have a lot to do against the team led by Thomas Tuchel.
Tonight, in a match refereed by the Frenchman Clément Turpin, the German should rely on a 3-4-3. In goal, no surprise since it is Edouard Mendy who will be aligned at the beginning. In front of him, the trio Rüdiger-Thiago Silva-Azpilicueta will have a job to muzzle the Madrid offensive armada. In midfield, Marcos Alonso, Mattéo Kovacic, N’Golo Kanté and Reece James should start the game. Finally, Pulisic and Ziyech are likely to support Kai Havertz, who should be preferred to Romelu Lukaku in the front line. However, it is possible that Tuchel will bet on Mount instead of Ziyech according to some media.
Tuchel and Ancelotti, duel at the top
The former coach of Paris Saint-Germain is likely to draw the heavy artillery to get the best of Real Madrid of Carlo Ancelotti. The latter was not sure to be present at Stamford Bridge tonight. Positive to covid-19, he had to make a new test today. This one turned out to be negative. The Italian will go to London in emergency. He will be back with his former club, an advantage when facing him. With or without him on the bench, the Merengues should start in 4-3-3.
Thibaut Courtois, former Chelsea player, will be in the game. In front of him, it should be classic with, from left to right, Ferland Mendy, David Alaba, Eder Militão and Dani Carvajal. The same in the heart of the game with the trio Kroos-Casemiro-Modric whose mission will be to win the battle of the middle. Finally, the serial scorer Karim Benzema will be a starter. Alongside him, we should find Vinicius Jr and Valverde. Unless Ancelotti bets on Rodrygo, who is likely to be in the eleven according to the Spanish press. A great game in perspective to follow live on our site from 21 hours.
Real Madrid: Carlo Ancelotti will finally be present against Chelsea
Real Madrid travels to London this Wednesday night to face Chelsea in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. If this match will be an opportunity for the Merengues to avenge the elimination in the semi-finals by the Blues last season, it will also be an opportunity for a return of Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge, which was not obvious earlier this week.
Indeed, the Italian coach, who officiated on the Blues bench from 2009 to 2011, was affected by Covid-19, but the Casa Blanca announced in a statement that he was recovered and on his way to England: “Real Madrid C. F. informs that our coach Carlo Ancelotti has tested negative for COVID-19 and will travel to London this morning to join the training camp of the first team.”
Real Madrid: when Luka Modric thinks he is a coach
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric played the role of coach at the end of the game on Saturday during the Madrid victory against Celta Vigo (1-2). Replaced in the 74th minute, the 36-year-old Croatian replaced Carlos Ancelotti, absent for this game because of Covid, giving instructions to his teammates and not hesitating to insult them.
In the images of the program The Day After of Movistar+, we see for example the Madrid midfielder asking Nacho to go and warm up to replace Militao. “Nacho, Nacho, come in. Nacho, warm up… Ya, ya. Come on!” he said to the Spanish defender before going after the Brazilian defender. “Hey, jump! What the fuck! What an idiot,” he shouted. The Croatian international will return to the field on Wednesday night to face Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.