Zinedine Zidane provides Kroos & Mendy updates ahead of Chelsea clash

Zinedine Zidane provides Kroos & Mendy updates ahead of Chelsea clash


Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has this evening provided a fitness update on his squad, ahead of the club’s showdown with Chelsea.

Blancos’ season heating up

Zidane and co. are of course in the midst of an absolutely crucial stretch of the campaign.

Los Blancos remain in the thick of the La Liga title picture, and played host to Real Betis on Saturday afternoon, desperate to keep pace with table-topping Atletico.

When all was said and done in the Spanish capital, however, a 0-0 stalemate saw Real’s hopes of retaining La Liga supremacy dealt a major blow.

Los Merengues, though, will need to put a damaging pair of points dropped quickly behind them, ahead of another crunch outing on Tuesday night.

This of course comes in the form of a Champions League semi-final first-leg meeting with Premier League giants Chelsea.

Real ousted English opposition in the competition’s last round in sending Liverpool packing, and will hope to do likewise against an impressively resilient Chelsea outfit led by Thomas Tuchel.

Kroos in/Mendy out

In turn, ahead of tomorrow night’s highly anticipated matchup, Zinedine Zidane has provided a fitness update on his squad.

The Spanish heavyweights have of course been forced to deal with a whole host of injury issues of late, with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio having all spent time on the sidelines.

In turn, it came as little surprise when Zidane’s latest insight proved an altogether mixed one from a Blancos perspective.

The French tactician first confirmed that Toni Kroos is in line to return after sitting out the club’s last 3 fixtures. Ferland Mendy, though, will be unavailable, as the stopper continues to struggle with a calf problem:

‘Toni is with us and he will be with us tomorrow. Ferland is not going to be with us, he still has a bit [of an injury] and that’s it.’

Real have since, meanwhile, unveiled the club’s official 22-man squad to face Chelsea, with the likes of Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Federico Valverde, as expected, absent:


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 33 45 77
2 Manchester United FC 33 29 67
3 Leicester City FC 32 21 59
4 Chelsea FC 33 20 58
5 West Ham United FC 33 10 55
6 Liverpool FC 33 16 54
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 18 53
8 Everton FC 32 4 52
9 Leeds United 33 0 47
10 Arsenal FC 33 7 46
11 Aston Villa FC 32 9 45
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 33 -13 41
13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
14 Burnley FC 33 -15 36
15 Southampton FC 32 -18 36
16 Newcastle United FC 33 -18 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 33 -6 34
18 Fulham FC 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 33 -34 25
20 Sheffield United FC 33 -38 17
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 15
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 10
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Lingard, Jesse West Ham United FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9

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