Real Madrid are going for the most difficult yet this season. The goal is still the double that lifting the Champions League and a League that is still very much alive can provide, but Zidane is losing quality troops along the way before the semifinal. For this, the Whites will have to overcome – or at least equalize – the 1-1 that Chelsea achieved in Valdebebas a week ago at Stamford Bridge. Must do without a 100% Sergio Ramos and now also without Raphaël Varane due to a new injury to the French defender in the right abductor muscles. Varane, who formed a starting pair with Éder Militao in the center of the rear against Osasuna, already left the crossing against the Navarrese at halftime, when he noticed a discomfort and Nacho Fernández entered his place. Precisely the youth squad, together with the Brazilian, will have to defend Madrid’s interests in London.

Varane intercepts a Muriel control. (EFE)

The defense of Real Madrid is between cottons and the fall of Varane is a blow for a coach who has already suffered 57 injuries in his squad this season. Chelsea is one of the teams with the best physical background of the five major leagues and, as it demonstrated last Tuesday, it gives speed and verticality to its game at the slightest opportunity. Varane, due to its correction capacity and speed when cutting, is a sensitive low. In this sense. the white coach will be able to count on Ferland Mendy and force Sergio Ramos if he so decides, but Daniel Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez are still in the infirmary.

Militao solves a central problem at Real Madrid and makes Sergio Ramos forget

Albert ortega

Meanwhile, Marcelo will have to face his electoral commitment tomorrow morning, although he will be able to travel the same Wednesday. For its part, Federico Valverde continues in search of the negative that allows him to travel with the team to England. An option, that of the Uruguayan on the right side, which Zidane could bet on as he did in the quarter-final round against Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield. The Uruguayan, by the way, passed the exam with a note and generates more security and defensive forcefulness.

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