Who will join Manchester City in the final? For the last semi-final, Hakim Ziyech’s Chelsea will face Real Madrid and his lethal weapon, Karim Benzema, this Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m.
Chelsea will host Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League semi-final second leg between the two teams on Wednesday night, with Los Blancos having to score if they want to advance to the final in Istanbul.
Thomas Tuchel’s side scored an elusive away goal in the Spanish capital last week as the two sides drew 1-1 with Karim Benzema undoing the Blues’ victory.
For this meeting, Zinedine Zidane will have to do without Raphael Varane’s services, but will be able to welcome back Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy and Fede Valverde, all of whom should be part of the starting lineup.
Another name expected to end up in Madrid’s starting XI is Eden Hazard, who is making his first return to the English stadium since leaving the club in the summer of 2019.
For their part, Chelsea are expected to keep the same lineup and name the same team that started the game in Madrid last week.
Tuchel is hoping to have Rudiger available for the second leg against Madrid, although Kovacic seems unlikely to recover after suffering another setback in training last week.
But in addition to the decisions that will be imposed on him, Tuchel also has very difficult choices to make from the available players, in particular Hakim Ziyech who hopes to play the entire meeting.