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Champions League: Lukaku and Werner on bench as Chelsea announce lineup for Real Madrid clash

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The two European giants have named their starting XIs ahead of the upcoming battle.

Chelsea will host Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday. The Blues come into the game on the back of their 4-1 defeat against Brentford on Saturday.

It seems the shocking defeat has convinced Thomas Tuchel to make a few changes to his starting lineup for the Real Madrid game.

Timo Werner, who started against Brentford, has not made it to the Blues lineup. Kai Havertz will play in front of Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic in Chelsea’s attacking unit, while Reece James has reclaimed his spot in Tuchel’s starting XI.

Here are Chelsea and Real Madrid’s confirmed lineups for the game:

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Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Vinicius, Benzema. 

Chelsea starting XI: Mendy; James, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Kanté, Jorginho; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic

Having added Reece James to his lineup while omitting Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Chelsea have reverted to a back-three formation for the Champions League clash.

On the other hand, Real Madrid have made two changes to the lineup that played against Celta Vigo last week. 

Federico Valverde has returned to the Blancos lineup to replace Marco Asensio, while Dani Carvajal will start ahead of Lucas Vazquez at the left-back position.