The key talking points as Chelsea prepare to host Real Madrid in second leg

Mateo Kovacic has failed in his bid to shake off a hamstring problem in time to take on his former club Real.

The key talking points as Chelsea prepare to host Real Madrid in second leg

Chelsea will host Real Madrid on Wednesday night with a place in the Champions League final on the line.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the key talking points for the semi-final second leg.

Kante seeks to add Champions League to his trophy haul

Thomas Tuchel and N’Golo Kante file photo
Thomas Tuchel, back, hugs N’Golo Kante, front (Clive Mason/PA)

Kovacic a big miss for Chelsea

Mateo Kovacic file photo
Mateo Kovacic, pictured, will miss out for Chelsea through injury (Ian Walton/PA)

Pulisic up against Chelsea’s former number 10 Hazard

New Chelsea boss Tuchel has made no secret of the fact that Christian Pulisic taking on the Blues’ number 10 shirt harbours all sorts of pressure and responsibility. Pulisic will go head-to-head with Chelsea’s former number 10 again on Wednesday, as Eden Hazard makes an intriguing return to Stamford Bridge. Hazard’s excellence in the coveted shirt certainly leaves Pulisic with a lot to live up to, but the USA forward has been back in top form in recent weeks. The stage will be set in west London for Chelsea’s past and future to clash in the present.

Real sweating on Ramos

Real Madrid’s defensive talisman Sergio Ramos missed the first leg that was drawn 1-1 through injury. The Spain stalwart is back in the Real squad for the Chelsea trip, but it remains to be seen whether the 35-year-old will be fit enough to start at Stamford Bridge. Real would most likely revert to their favoured 4-3-3 formation should Ramos start. And Blues boss Tuchel has already hinted that the best way to take on the abrasive centre-back could be through deploying Kai Havertz in the false nine role that has so suited the Germany forward in recent weeks.

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