Zinedine Zidane has given Eden Hazard a start on his return to Stamford Bridge as Real Madrid aim to prevent Chelsea from hosting an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City on Wednesday.
The semi-final is delicately set after a 1-1 draw in Madrid last week.
A string of injuries have kept Hazard from showing the form that made him Chelsea’s star man for seven seasons in London.
The Belgian had little impact after coming off the bench in the first leg, but showed more shards of his old form in a 2-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday which kept Madrid in the title race. la Liga.
Captain Sergio Ramos also returns for the 13-time European champion after a six-week absence due to injury.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel makes just one change from the first leg as Christian Pulisic falls to the bench despite his side’s vital away goal at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.
Kai Havertz, who scored twice against Fulham this weekend, replaces the American in attack.
Edouard Mendy; Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta (capitaine), N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz
Coach: Thomas Tuchel (GER)
Real Madrid (4-3-3)
Thibaut Courtois; Nacho, Eder Militao, Sergio Ramos (captain), Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard
Coach: Zinedine Zidane (FRA)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
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