Next for Chelsea is a visit to Los Blancos in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday. And how the Blues can line up against the Spanish giants has been revealed.
Chelsea got the win they needed to give themselves an advantage in the top 4 race and now they need a result to get an advantage against Real Madrid going into the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final.
Between the goal, Edouard Mendy is expected to retain his spot following continued strong display.
Thiago Silva hasn’t played much consecutively when there are 2 games in the week but at this crucial juncture in the season, the center-back absolutely has to start against Real Madrid.
The Brazilian will probably be flanked by resurgent Rudiger and Azpilicueta in a back-three formation.
In wing-back roles, Reece James could come back in to provide strength and energy down the right flank while Ben Chilwell’s excellent performances recently should see him beat out Marcos Alonso.
Certainly, Mateo Kovacic will be out for this encounter and he will be sorely missed as the Blues will be missing his incisive passing and ball-carrying in midfield.
Therefore, Jorginho and Kante will retain their places from the win against West Ham, with the tandem providing ample cover for Chelsea’s defense.
Mason Mount is the first name in the starting XI and he will likely once again be occupying the spot on the right side behind the number 9.
Another name who should join the Englishman behind the striker is Christian Pulisic, with Kai Havertz possibly leading the line. This trio has produced some of Chelsea’s best-attacking football this season and thus deserves to start in this game.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Mendy, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kante, James, Pulisic, Mount, Havertz.