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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Tuchel gives worrying Lukaku and Azpilicueta update

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The Blues could be without two key players when facing Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu.

Chelsea will try to overturn their 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. The Blues will travel to Madrid on Tuesday, but they will not have a full squad at their disposal.

Cesar Azpilicueta has tested positive for Covid-19 and will stay in quarantine until after the crunch Champions League battle. Another possible absentee is Romelu Lukaku, who has suffered a fresh injury setback.

“He’s injured [Lukaku]. Azpilicueta unfortunately has a positive Covid test,” Thomas Tuchel told Premier League Productions.

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Chelsea reinforced their hopes of a potential comeback against Real Madrid by displaying a brilliant performance against Southampton on Saturday. 

The Blues dismantled the Saints 6-0, with Timo Werner and Mason Mount both scoring braces. Kai Havertz continued his goalscoring streak for Tuchel’s side, while Marcos Alonso scored the opening goal at Saint Mary’s.

Chelsea’s opponents, Real Madrid, will lock horns with Getafe in their last league game ahead of the Champions League showdown. 

The Blancos look to exact revenge on Chelsea, who eliminated them from the competition last season. Tuchel’s side then defeated Manchester City in the tournament’s all-English final to claim the club’s second Champions League title.