Chelsea predicted lineup vs Real Madrid as Frank Lampard forced into two changes

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Chelsea predicted lineup vs Real Madrid as Frank Lampard forced into two changes

Chelsea face Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night looking to overturn a two-goal deficit after the European champions’ convincing win in the Spanish capital

Frank Lampard wants players to react after Brighton loss

Chelsea have it all to do as they welcome Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge with an uphill battle to overcome the two-goal deficit they suffered in the away leg.

The two clubs meet for the third consecutive campaign, with the winner of the tie lifting the Champions League on both occasions. In 2021, a 2-0 Chelsea win in London saw them through to the final, but the Galacticos got their revenge the following year with a Karim Benzema goal in extra-time.

Stopping the French forward will be even more difficult this time around with two forced changes in the Chelsea defence. Ben Chilwell is serving his suspension for a red card picked up in Madrid. Kalidou Koulibaly will join him on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the first leg.

Chelsea will be expected to go all guns blazing with their league season all but over as they sit in 11th, 10 points behind Brighton in seventh with just seven games to play. Real Madrid will be hoping to end the season with at least one piece of major silverware, and are currently 11 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Goalkeeper and defence

“Of course it is a disappointment for Koulibaly and for us, but it is an opportunity (for others) and we carry on without him. People talk a lot about our squad but we have not got lots of cover in certain times and the Champions League squad is different to the Premier League squad” said Lampard on his defensive options for Tuesday’s tie.

One player not registered for the European competition is Benoit Badiashile, so he will be unable to cover for the Senegalese centre back. Thiago Silva is expected to start after being rested against Brighton, but Trevoh Chalobah is also an option for the interim manager.

Marc Cucurella was substituted on for Koulibaly in last week’s tie, but the Spaniard will take to the pitch from kick-off this time with Chilwell watching on from the stands.

Ben Chilwell will miss the second leg after being sent off at the Bernabeu(Getty Images)


Lampard has been managing the fitness of N’Golo Kante, who returned from a four-month injury at the start of the month, but has only started two of the five games he has been available for – one of which being against Real last week. The Blues’ interim manager was quick to praise the Frenchman’s energy in his press conference at the weekend.

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