Federico Valverde, the Uruguayan midfielder for Real Madrid, traveled to London on Tuesday next to the merengue squad to play the second leg of the Champions League semifinals against Chelsea this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
The midfielder underwent a PCR test this Monday in which he had an inconclusive result, so the doctors of the white club carried out another control this Tuesday at 07:00, which was negative, reported the newspaper As de Madrid .
“Now yes. Let’s go! ”, The Uruguayan wrote on his Twitter account when sharing an image before taking the flight together with his companions. In this way, after overcoming the covid-19 and having the sanitary approval, Valverde returned to the squad and undertook the trip with the delegation headed by coach Zinedine Zidane.
The steering wheel will be at the command of Zizou and, although he was isolated since April 18 and his positive was confirmed on April 21, he could appear from the start at Stamofrd Bridge.
The probable merengue team, which will have the return of Sergio Ramos, may have Pajarito on the right wing: Courtois; Militao, Sergio Ramos, Nacho; Fede Valverde, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Mendy; Benzema and Vinicius.
Federico Valverde before traveling to London for the return leg of the Champions League semifinals
For Valverde it will be the return to the court after missing the LaLiga games against Getafe, Cádiz, Betis and Osasuna and the first leg against Chelsea in Madrid, which ended 1-1 last week.
Who also traveled this Tuesday was the Brazilian Marcelo, who this Tuesday had to appear as an alternate table delegate in the Madrid elections. Finally, his situation was unlocked, because a woman took his position, so the side traveled with his teammates and should not do so on Wednesday on a private flight, as had been handled.
The winner of the key will be measured against the winner of the semi between Manchester City and PSG, who will have the second leg this Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and who in the first leg had a 2-1 victory for those led by Pep Guardiola in Paris.
To score goals
The tie in the first leg gives the locals a small advantage against Real Madrid, who will have no choice but to go for goals at the London Coliseum.
“We know we have to go to London to score goals and try to win the game,” said Zidane after the first leg at Alfredo Di Stéfano.
Encouraged after the 2-0 league victory over Osasuna on Saturday, which keeps them alive in the fight for LaLiga, Real Madrid faces a crucial game in a season that has gone from less to more.
Few imagined at the beginning of the season that the Merengue team, weighed down by countless injuries, would be fighting for the League and opting for a new Champions final, after touching the elimination in the group stage of the continental tournament.
“Miracle, nothing. This is work, only work, believe in what we are doing, prepare things and work,” said the French coach Friday at a press conference.
Injuries have been the real ordeal in this campaign for the meringues, who have recovered their captain Sergio Ramos and left-back Ferland Mendy for the match.
Ramos is available again after a month off due to an internal calf muscle injury. His return could not be more providential, since Zidane will not be able to count on Raphael Varane, who suffered “an injury to the right abductor muscles” against Osasuna.
It remains to be seen in what situation Ramos returns, after having resumed collective training last week after his long absence.
Ahead, Zidane could opt for Eden Hazard, prepared after having given him a few minutes against Osasuna and last Tuesday against Chelsea in the first leg, with the untouchable Karim Benzema.
The French coach aspires to reach what would be his fourth Champions League at the head of the merengue team, but he will not have it easy against Chelsea, leathery in defense and dangerous in attack.
“We feel prepared for a great fight and I am sure that we will need a great performance because Real Madrid is going to make us suffer,” said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
The ‘Blues’ who are looking for their second Champions League, after the one they won in 2012, also have their own problems with injuries.
Tuchel hopes to have Antonio Rudiger ready for the match, who left the first leg against Real Madrid with discomfort after a blow to the face. “I think he will play with a mask” against Real Madrid, Tuchel told the media of his club, that it is more difficult to have the Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic, already absent in the first leg due to a muscular problem, from which he would have relapsed.
Chelsea’s German coach, finalist in the Champions League last year with PSG, will have Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic ready for the match, key men whom he gave rest against Fulham at the end of week.