Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea will be without Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Romelu Lukaku, and Ross Barkley for their trip to Spain to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final second leg match on Tuesday night. 

The Blues suffered a damaging 3-1 home defeat to the Spanish giants in the first leg played last week, and will need to be at their best to overturn the result.

They will however be without the quartet, as revealed by coach Thomas during his pre-match address on Monday.

Lukaku, who was a second-half substitute in the reverse fixture misses out with an Achilles injury, but there’s some good news as captain Cezar Azpilicueta will be available.

“With the injury news, Callum Hudson-Odoi is still out and Ben Chilwell is of course out for a long time,” Tuchel revealed during the address at Cobham training.

“Romelu will not travel due to his pain in the achilles that he has felt recently but Azpi is in the group. He has tested negative several times now and is okay to be part of the squad.

“Ross Barkley is sick, however, and will not travel with us later. That is the situation right now and everyone else is in the squad,”

The Blues boss admitted their chances of going through are close to zero, but confirmed his team is ready to offer everything.

“Of course we don’t have the biggest chance given the result from the first leg,” added Tuchel.

“Given the competition, the opponent and the stadium it will be very difficult but we never manage our input by the chances we have for our result,”

“It is unlikely [turning around the tie] but it is worth trying and trying means that we will play to our fullest and to our full limit. This is what it is, it is a big night for us,”

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