Real Madrid welcome Chelsea to the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night, as the two sides battle it out in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final matchup.
Both teams come into this tie in good form; Carlo Ancelotti has seen his men win three on the bounce since their crushing Clasico humiliation, most recently seeing off Getafe with minimal fuss after the brilliant 3-1 win over Chelsea in the first leg.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have reacted well from that defeat (and the thrashing by Brentford before it), coming away from a Premier League clash with Southampton with a 6-0 win under their belts – not too shabby.
Here’s how the hosts could line up on Tuesday…
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – An easy pick between the sticks, Courtois has been outstanding this campaign.
Dani Carvajal (RB) – Shone in the first leg and should be restored to the starting XI here.
Nacho Fernandez (CB) – Eder Militao will be out of contention through suspension, giving Nacho the opportunity to deputise in his place.
David Alaba (CB) – Has been a reliable presence at the heart of the Real defence since arriving and is set for a 42nd appearance of the term, having only been kept from starting by injury.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – Rested on Saturday but should be set to return to the fold in place of Marcelo.
Casemiro (DM) – Will inevitably anchor this Hollywood midfield once more, making a ninth Champions League appearance of the campaign.
Luka Modric (CM) – Left out of action last time out, but should be in line for an immediate return for such a big occasion.
Toni Kroos (CM) – Both of Real’s veteran midfielders were rested for the victory over Getafe, so expect them to be raring to go from the off here.
Federico Valverde (RW) – Having the Uruguayan’s dynamic presence to bolster midfield worked well at Stamford Bridge and, as a manager that knows when to stick with a winning formula, Ancelotti could opt to deploy the same tactic for the second leg.
Karim Benzema (ST) – Pulling out hat-tricks like a budget magician at a children’s party; surely a third in a row isn’t possible, is it?!
Vinicius Jr (LW) – The goals have slightly dried up for the blistering Brazilian, but assists in his previous two appearances demonstrate the sort of tangible impact he’s having for Los Blancos this season.