Tuchel makes three changes, 26-year-old dropped and Alonso starts: Chelsea predicted XI vs Real Madrid
Chelsea will look to complete an unlikely turnaround this week when they travel to Madrid in the Champions League.
The Blues trail Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate from the first of their Champions League quarter-final, which was a game they were outplayed in.
However, Thomas Tuchel’s side can take massive confidence from an emphatic 6-0 win in the Premier League away to Southampton on Saturday.
The Chelsea Chronicle has compiled a predicted line-up that could start against Madrid. It includes three changes from the side that started at Southampton on the weekend.
Incidentally, we’ve left out senior duo Cesar Azpilicueta, who both missed the last game with respective issues. Hopefully, Tuchel can provide some last-minute good news in his pre-match press conference that would bring them into contention.
GK and defence
Edouard Mendy, who will have had some sleepless nights about his grave error in the first leg against Madrid, will continue in-between the sticks.
Elsewhere, expect usual starters Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger to make up two of the back three.
The first of three changes comes in the left-sided centre-back role.
Andreas Christensen endured a torrid time last time out against Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior, with Blues manager Tuchel even admitting post-match that he made a tactical mistake with his selection. Therefore, the 26-year-old could come out of the side after another start on the weekend.
Trevoh Chalobah is the young defender with a lot more pace that comes into the XI. However, if available, Azpilicueta may be more likely to fill the role.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek did a sound job filling in at wing-back at the weekend, but the second change may be first-choice wing-back Reece James replacing him. It’s going to vital in this leg what James offers in attack as Chelsea press for a way back into the tie.
The rest of the midfield remains the same. That means a midfield pivot of N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.
Finally, Marcos Alonso stays put after scoring in the Premier League at the weekend. He didn’t play in the first leg against Madrid, but can provide them a lot of problems with the attacking positions he takes up.
Mason Mount seems a nailed-on starter for this, especially after two goals and an assist at St Mary’s.
Kai Havertz, who was taken off at half-time against the Saints, will surely be spearing the attack on Tuesday night. He’s been incredible form lately and has become the club’s leading goalscorer this season.
The third and final change is Christian Pulisic replacing Timo Werner. It may be a tough call dropping Werner after he scored twice against Southampton, but he simply won’t be afforded the same kind of space at the Bernabeu.
Chalobah Silva Rudiger
James Kante Kovacic Alonso
Mount Havertz Pulisic
IN: Chalobah, James, Pulisic
OUT: Christensen, Loftus-Cheek, Werner