Report: Madrid could welcome back three vital players and change formation vs Chelsea

Zinedine Zidane will revert to a back four in the Champions League second leg against Chelsea thanks to the potential return of several key Real Madrid defenders.

According to AS, Madrid might be able to call upon captain Sergio Ramos and first-choice left-back Ferland Mendy for next week’s clash.

Both missed Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final draw with the Blues, meaning Zidane used an awkward looking back three in their absence.

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Chelsea carved upon the Spanish side’s disorganised rear-guard.


However, they probably should have scored more than just Christian Pulisic’s first half strike.

Permitted they are both fit, Ramos and Mendy are set to slot back into their natural positions to give Madrid a more comfortable defensive feel.

Zidane could also be boosted by Federico Valverde’s availability.

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The Uruguayan international has missed the last four matches, including the Chelsea clash, after testing positive for coronarius.

Having isolated for the allotted time period, Valverde will certainly add more bite to Madrid’s midfield.

This was lacking for Los Blancos against the Blues, with Thomas Tuchel’s team tearing through their midriff without mercy.

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Mateo Kovacic remains the only current absentee for Chelsea, but a Premier League visit from Fulham on Saturday might change that.

Tuchel may look to rest and reshuffle his group against the Cottagers, as he keeps one eye firmly on that Madrid match.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.