Real Madrid release 23-man squad for UEFA Champions League semi-final tie against Chelsea

Fede Valverde, Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy have all been named in the 23-man travelling squad for the Champions League second leg against Chelsea.

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Real Madrid have finally released their 23 man travelling squad for their most important match of the season. Real Madrid travel to England for their second-leg tie against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Fede Valverde, Ferland Mendy and club captain Sergio Ramos have all made the cut after passing their required fitness tests. Zidane will finally have his strongest set of players for the first time this season.

Fede Valverde, Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos return to the Real Madrid squad after their injury layoffs

Fede Valverde returned a late Covid negative test and has travelled to England for the Chelsea match.

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube.

Defenders: E. Militão, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Mendy and Miguel.

Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Isco, Valverde, Arribas and Blanco.

Attackers: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Mariano and Rodrygo.

The players who have not made the cut for the Champions League semi-final include Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and Raphael Varane. Both Carvajal and Vazquez have suffered long term injuries while Varane suffered an adductor muscle strain in Real’s last match in La Liga.

Fede Valverde was a last minute inclusion to the squad after the midfielder tested negative for Covid-19 a few minutes before their departure. The Real Madrid team flight was reportedly delayed by 20 minutes so that the Uruguayan could travel with the squad.

Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos have all trained alongside the other players of the squad and have been deemed fit enough to participate in the Champions League tie. Marcelo, who had election duties in Spain has been exempted from the role and will also make the trip to England.

Real Madrid head into the tie knowing that they need to win the match or secure a draw atleast in order to qualify for the Champions League final. The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg and Chelsea have their away goal advantage over Real.

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