Chelsea head to the Bernabeu today for a conflict with Real Madrid in the Champions League – and the hosts have kept a solid level of progression from their first-leg win.
Yet again a change to a more customary 4-4-2 arrangement paid off abundantly for Carlo Ancelotti and Co at Stamford Bridge last week, with Karim Benzema featuring in a paramount 3-1 victory for Los Blancos.
Federico Valverde played on the right half of midfield that evening, giving Vinicius Junior a let loose job around Benzema top.
While a three-man midfield is typically Madrid’s go-to framework, Ancelotti is content to attempt to rehash his first-leg accomplishment at the Bernabeu with an unaltered line-up.
For the 2-0 end of the week prevail upon Getafe in LaLiga, Real gave rest to Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. They all return for this conflict at the Bernabeu.
Eden Hazard (lower leg), Isco (back) and Luka Jovic (lower leg) missed both the principal leg and Saturday’s match, and are missing again this evening. Eder Militao is suspended at the back.
On Monday, Madrid affirmed their 23-man matchday crew with Mendy fit to get back from a muscle issue and Castilla protector Rafa Marin has likewise been called up to the seat.
Genuine Madrid XI (4-4-2): Courtois; Carvajal, Nacho, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vinicius, Benzema.
Subs: Lunin, Fuidias, Marcelo, Vazquez, Mariano, Ceballos, Camavinga, Asensio, Jovic, Bale, Rodrygo, Marin.