Live: Zidane bets on a defense of five with Marcelo as the starter
The ‘blues’ make contact with the grass. (Reuters)

20:40. Both teams rush the warm-up round before returning to the locker room.

Marcelo, against Betis. (EFE)

20:35. A fact about Marcelo’s performance. The Brazilian has played 13 games as a starter this year among all competitions. Real Madrid have only won five of them.

20:25. In Real Madrid code, all eyes are focused on the ownership of Marcelo. His last appearances at Real Madrid have not lived up to (neither in attack nor in defense) his legend as a white footballer. The rivals know that he is the weakest link in the white defensive system, although the greatest danger should come from the opposite side, where Ben Chilwell (left back) and Christian Pulisic (left winger) are concentrated. Mount must be looking for the tickle.

20:15. What are the main virtues of the Real Madrid rival? The ability to keep a clean sheet stands out above the rest. With 16 games without conceding so many In the 21 he has played, he has only conceded nine goals against. Chelsea will not go out to risk with the ball and will shield itself in interior areas. However, and although his possession may be somewhat conservative, he will not hesitate to print speed on the backlash riding Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic with shipments from Mason Mount and Jorginho.

20:05. On the London side, Thomas Tuchel presents an XI without big surprises, beyond the substitution of Hakim Ziyech, Reece James and Kai Havertz. Englishmen they have only lost two of the 21 games they have played under the orders of the German coach after the dismissal of Frank Lampard. They arrive at this crossroads after defeating Atlético de Madrid (round of 16) and Porto (quarter-finals) and proclaiming themselves champions of the FA Cup against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The absence of Mateo Kovaci, key for the visitors.

19:55. Good afternoon and welcome to the semi-finals of the Champions League that will face Real Madrid with Chelsea. We already have eleven of both teams. In Zinédine Zidane’s team, the whites have opted for a defense of five made up of three centrals (Militao-Varane-Nacho), Carvajal on the right side and Marcelo on the left in the absence of Ferland Mendy due to injury. The victim of the change in drawing has been Marco Asensio, while Vinícius Júnior will form an attacking partner with Karim Benzema.

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