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CLASH: No Romelu Lukaku and Jorginho, Andreas Christensen dropped – Chelsea line up against Real Madrid with four players missing for Champions League clash at the Bernabeu

Chelsea have a mountain to climb heading to the Bernabeu on Tuesday night – live on Savenet

They know they have to overturn a 3-1 deficit to get through to the Champions League semi-final.

And their mission looks even more improbable now.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that he is missing four players for their trip to Spain.

The injury situation is Callum Hudson-Odoi is still out. Ben Chilwell, of course, still out,” he said in his pre-match press conference.

“Romelu [Lukaku] will not travel with us due to his pain in the Achilles. Azpi [Azpilicueta] is in the group, he’s tested several times negative.

“Ross Barkley is sick and will not travel. Everyone else is in the squad.”

So how might the Blues look for their enormous battle in Madrid? talkSPORT.com takes a look.

Goalkeeper – Edouard Mendy

Even though he made a mistake in the first leg, it seems highly unlikely that Tuchel will drop Mendy for this one.

The Senegalese shot-stopper has been one of the best ‘keepers in Europe over the last couple of seasons and he will need to be at the top of his game if Chelsea are to beat Real.

Defence – Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta

Rudiger and Silva will play pretty much every game they’re fit. Simple.

The duo have been imperious this season and formed a formidable partnership at the back – something the Blues will be hoping can continue next season, if they can tie Rudiger down to a new deal.

The final spot in the back three is up for grabs, with Andreas Christensen starting the first leg but struggling against the lively Vinicius Junior.

So, it may be skipper Azpilicutea who is thrown in at centre-back after Tuchel confirmed he will be back for this game and, hopefully for the German boss, ready to lead his team to victory.

Midfield – Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso

Azpilicueta started at left win-back in the first leg but, after a goal and a good performance against Southampton he could start in his homeland.

Kovacic also started in the game at St Mary’s and he, alongside Kante, will provide some solidity in midfield to stop the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

James is another who is one of the first names on the teamsheet and he will have to put in a good display at right wing-back.

Attack – Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner

Werner hasn’t found it easy since arriving at Chelsea in 2019 but, after hitting the woodwork three times and scoring twice against Southampton on Saturday, he has surely earned himself a start here.

Mount was also superb at the weekend, bagging a brace himself, and was unlucky not to find the back of the net in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Havertz is so often the man to score important goals for the Blues in big European games so he has to start at the Bernabeu – and they could do with another game-defining goal from the German…

How Chelsea could line up against Real Madrid…

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