Real Madrid is going to be forced into a defensive modification for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter final second leg with Chelsea at the Bernabeu..
Carlo Ancelotti’s team won in the first leg 3-1, but also saw Eder Militao get his third booking of the competition, and the centre defender will serve his one-match ban this week.
Former Chelsea man Eden Hazard continues to be on the sidelines together with backup striker Luka Jovic, and it also remains to be seen if Isco can shake off back difficulty before Tuesday..
David Alaba is going to be teamed with Nacho Fernandez while Militao watches from the sidelines, with Thibaut Courtois going back to home conveniences following his frosty reception at Stamford Bridge.
Lucas Vazquez was on target for the Los Blancos this weekend against Getafe, but ought to clear the way for Dani Carvajal this week as a well-rested Ferland Mendy replaces Marcelo on the opposite side.
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric had been totally rested at the weekend and are ready to go back to the first XI together with Casemiro, with Eduardo Camavinga certain to make way.
Federico Valverde did an excellent job in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, but having also played the full ninety at the weekend, his injured legs could be spared because of the upcoming La Liga clash with Sevilla.
A more change in attack might see Marco Asensio return rather than Rodrygo along with Vinicius Junior along with Karim Benzema, whose first leg hat trick saw him establish a new record for the most goals by a French player in one Champions League campaign with eleven.
Possibile starting lineup for Real Madrid: Courtois, Mendy, Alaba, Carvajal, Nacho, Mendy; Modric and Casemiro, Kroos. Vinicius JR., Benzema, Asensio, Jr.