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Official: Chelsea starting lineup against Real Madrid
As Chelsea get set to face off against Real Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie, caretaker manager Frank Lampard has released the lineup that will take the field at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Having returned to the helm last week, Lampard had used a four-man backline in his first game in charge against Wolves.
However, against Real Madrid tonight, he has decided to go in with a three-man defensive unit comprising Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva, and Kalidou Koulibaly, who will shield Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell will operate as the wing-backs on the right and left sides, respectively.
Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante, Enzo Fernandez and former Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic form the three-man midfield unit for the visitors.
Up front, Raheem Sterling starts alongside Atletico Madrid loanee Joao Felix, with no place in the lineup for Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, or mega-money signing Mykhailo Mudryk.
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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million
Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.
Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.
The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.
According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.
The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.
Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.
The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.
Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.