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Chelsea vs Real Madrid, 2023 Champions League: Predicted lineups

Vinicius will return to the XI.

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Real Madrid v Chelsea FC: Quarterfinal First Leg - UEFA Champions League Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid visit Chelsea in the return leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals, with Vinicius and Kroos ready to return to the starting lineup after missing Saturday’s away match against Cadiz.

Real Madrid predicted XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga, Kroos, Valverde, Modric, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Benzema.

Chelsea predicted XI: Kepa, James, Fofana, Silva, Cucurella, Enzo, Kante, Kovacic, Sterling, Mudryk, Joao Felix.

Carlo Ancelotti will likely repeat the same XI he used in the first leg, although it’s true that he could also take a more conservative approach and start Nacho on the left-back spot in order to insert a pure defensive midfielder.

Chelsea will be expected to play more aggressively as they need to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Lampard played with five defenders in the first leg but that won’t likely be the case tonight as Chelsea could try to use their width with Mudryk and Sterling.


Date: 04/18/2023

Time: 21:00 CET, 03:00pm EST.

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, United Kingdom.

Available TV: Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain)

Available Streaming: Paramount+, Fubo.TV (USA).

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