It’s another big week for Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel has they take on Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi final on Wednesday.
The tie is delicately poised at 1-1 after the first leg in a rain-lashed Madrid last week, Christian Pulisic’s crucial away goal giving Chelsea an ever so slight advantage heading into Wednesday’s game.
Karim Benzema’s equaliser levelled the tie but Zinedine Zidane’s side simply have to score at least once at Stamford Bridge to secure a spot in the final later this month.
The Blues could welcome back Antonio Rudiger to the fold in midweek after he missed the 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday with a facial injury. The German defender has been training with a protective face mask and Tuchel said at the weekend he hopes the centre back will be fine to play.
There are more concerning doubts over Mateo Kovacic, with Chelsea’s head coach admitting the midfielder had suffered a setback in training as he recovers from a hamstring injury which has caused him to miss the last six games.
For Real, they have a big doubt over defender Raphael Varane, who was forced off at half time of their 2-0 win over Osasuna at the weekend with an adductor problem. He could be replaced by Sergio Ramos as the influential defender has returned to training.
Federico Valverde is still a doubt for Los Blancos, as is left back Ferland Mendy. His replacement in the first leg, Marcelo, is expected to be available for the game despite being called in to officiate local elections in the Spanish capital on Tuesday.
Tuchel and defender Andreas Christensen will both be facing the media this afternoon at the Cobham training ground, with Tuchel arriving at 3pm and then his defender arriving straight afterwards.
Zidane will also face the media today from London, with his press conference taking place at 6pm before the Spanish side have a training session at Stamford Bridge.