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UCL: Lukaku Missing as Chelsea Battle Real Madrid For Semi-Final Spot

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Defending champions, Chelsea go into the second-leg of their quarter-final against Real Madrid without Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian striker did not travel to the Spanish capital because of the Achilles problem which has troubled him recently.

The Blues go into the game with a 1-3 disadvantage following a first leg loss at Stamford Bridge.

Karim Benzema scored a second consecutive UEFA Champions League hat-trick to give Madrid a huge lead.

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Kai Harvetz has been trusted to lead the line in Thomas Tuchel’s 4-3-2-1 formation.

Polish referee, Szymon Marciniak takes centre stage in what is a make or mar encounter for the Blues.

See Chelsea versus Real Madrid squad lists below…

Real Madrid (4-3-3)

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Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Nacho, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Fede Valverde, Karim Benzema (capt), Vinicius Junior

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Chelsea (4-3-2-1)

Edouard Mendy; Reece James, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; N’Golo Kante (capt), Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic; Mason Mount, Timo Werner; Kai Havertz

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Coach: Thomas Tuchel (GER)

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