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Eden is a top quality player, he was a key player at this club, we have the biggest respect for him,” Tuchel said.

He came on in the 77th minute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Real Betis. He made one appearance last month before another setback but his last start was on 30 January.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane said: “He’s fine. He was very comfortable when he played the other day and that was the most important thing – he didn’t feel any pain. He’s ready to go now. We’re happy he’s available because he’s going to bring a lot to the team.”

Both managers say their teams deserve to be in the last four of the Champions League despite signing up to a European Super League that threatened big Uefa sanctions. Chelsea have since pulled out of the competition.

“We deserve to be in the semi-final, just like Real Madrid,” said Tuchel.

“And we don’t deserve it because of political decisions, or influence, or size, or nice shirts: we deserve it because we came a long way.”

Zidane said “it is absurd to think we could not be in the Champions League”.

Real left-back Ferland Mendy is out, and captain Sergio Ramos remains unavailable but midfielder Toni Kroos is back after an injury.

Chelsea’s former Real midfielder Mateo Kovacic is their only absentee with a muscle injury.

Blues boss Tuchel will tell his players to “be ourselves” and “rely on our strengths and do the things that make you confident”.We have these things as a team. The challenge is to be the best version of ourselves,” he said.

“Maybe the next level is to keep the level, sometimes it’s like this. Don’t drop the level.”Zidane said: “I don’t think Chelsea will sit back. They’re a complete team, they attack and defend well.

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It’s a new experience and are in it together because we need to perform at a high level against Real Madrid to get through to the final. It’s a pleasure to come up against a team as big as Real Madrid and at the same time it’s our duty to give our all.

“The team is prepared to work hard and fight together. If we have to run, we run, if we have to be more set in position, we’ll do it. We’re experienced, we’ve been involved in tough games and we feel ready to play this game.”

Zinedine Zidane is still without Sergio Ramos, but the Frenchman will be delighted to welcome Raphael Varane back into a Champions League line-up after his compatriot missed the tie against Liverpool after testing positive for COVID-19.

Zidane will now have to mull over whether he will align with a back three and wingbacks, or opt for a more offensive choice which would see Marco Asensio chosen ahead of Marcelo. The Frenchman also has Eden Hazard back and available for selection against his former club, although the Belgian is unlikely to start.

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