The Chelsea squad available to face Real Madrid in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday has been revealed.
Frank Lampard’s side are hoping to complete a miracle by overturning a two-goal deficit to secure their spot in the Champions League semi-finals to keep their European hopes alive.
This is Chelsea’s only hope of qualifying for next season’s competition due to sitting in 11th place in the Premier League, but the odds are against them following a 2-0 first leg defeat in Madrid at the Bernabeu last Wednesday.
Joao Felix, Raheem Sterling and substitute Mason Mount were unable to put away glorious chances for Chelsea which would have given them more hope heading into the second leg, but it’s Carlo Ancelotti’s side, the current holders, who are in the ascendancy and looking destined to reach the last four.
“We had opportunities last week to make the scoreline better, but we could’ve done a lot of things better,” Lampard previewed ahead of the second leg. “We have to improve tomorrow (Tuesday) to have a better chance to turn the game around. I know the players have the capacity to give this a good go.”
He added: “What will be will be tomorrow night. We’ll give everything. We want to go through. Every game you play for Chelsea is an opportunity to win games, particularly with our form this season.
“Every game we play – Madrid, Brentford, Arsenal and going forward – is and should be a huge game for us. We all want to prove when you represent Chelsea. Whatever the result tomorrow, we keep on working until the end.”
Chelsea will be without Kalidou Koulibaly (hamstring) and Ben Chilwell (suspended) for the second leg, but will welcome back Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Joao Felix who were all rested against Brighton, while Kai Havertz (knee) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) are available again.
Confirmed Chelsea squad available to face Real Madrid
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy, Marcus Bettinelli
Defenders: Reece James, Marc Cucurella, Lewis Hall, Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Enzo Fernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Denis Zakaria, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount
Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Joao Felix, Kai Havertz
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