Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea faces an out-of-sorts Atlético Madrid outfit tonight however they will must be at their greatest to get a constructive consequence in opposition to Diego Simeone’s battle-hardened staff.
📝 Match context
Atlético takes on Chelsea in Bucharest in a spherical of 16 first-leg contest that will likely be determined by small margins, if in any respect.
Chelsea has conceded simply twice in seven video games underneath the stewardship of Thomas Tuchel, whereas no staff has conceded fewer objectives in LaLiga this season than Atlético, with simply 16 shipped in 23 matches.
Nonetheless, The Rojiblancos have faltered in latest weeks profitable simply considered one of their final 4 top-flight matches and uncharacteristically for them, six of their final seven matches have featured objectives at each ends.
Chelsea is unbeaten underneath new boss Tuchel however a spherical of 16 Champions League conflict in opposition to Diego Simeone’s staff is an almighty early check of his credentials and step-up in high quality, whatever the impartial venue and Atlético’s comparatively detached type.
With Luis Suárez of their ranks (the Uruguayan has scored 16 LaLiga objectives in 20 appearances this time period) the Blues will must be cautious.
🗞 Staff information
🔴 Atlético Madrid
Atléti will likely be with out the important thing defensive pillar José Giménez who limped off the sector in opposition to Levante in LaLiga on the weekend. Simeone can even be with out proficient large man Yannick Carrasco and fullback Sime Vrsaljko in addition to the suspended Kieran Trippier.
Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera is unavailable following a latest constructive coronavirus check, however Luis Suárez and João Félix are each out there and may present the firepower up high.
🧮 Probably XI (3-5-2):
Oblak; Savić, Felipe, Hermoso; Llorente, Kondogbia, Koke, Saúl, Lodi; Félix, Suárez
Thiago Silva missed Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on the weekend and the veteran defender will likely be absent once more right here. Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic have each travelled following latest points.
🧮 Probably XI (3-4-2-1):
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kanté, Kovačić, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Abraham
🔑 Key OPTA stats
- Atlético Madrid is unbeaten in 13 UEFA Champions League residence video games (W9, D4)
- Atletico’s final 4 UCL matches have all featured underneath 2.5 objectives.
- João Félix gave Atlético a halftime lead of their final UCL residence recreation in opposition to opposition from a top-five league.
- Chelsea has transformed 9 (32.14%) of their 28 pictures on course recorded throughout Tuchel’s regime up to now.
🧠 Finest wager: Under 2.5 goals
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