Chelsea takes on Atletico Madrid in the second leg of a mouth-watering last 16 Champions League clash. The visitors currently sit first in La Liga and will be looking to rectify a poor first-leg showing in Bucharest.
Having scored the all-important away goal and eventually winning the match 1-0 in the first leg, Chelsea will be hoping they can replicate the fine display they produced and propel themselves into the quarterfinals.
The Blues will be looking to overcome Saturday’s poor second-half display against Leeds United, where they lacked the same creativity they offered in the first half and the match ended 0-0. While Diego Simeone’s side will enter this match off a similar poor display in their 0-0 draw with Getafe.
Let’s hope that Chelsea is the only team that will be sorting out their recent poor result on Wednesday night.
Chelsea will be without midfielder Jorginho on Wednesday night with the Italian being suspended after picking up a booking in the first leg of the Atletico tie.
Similar to Jorginho, Mason Mount was booked early in the 1st leg against Atletico and as a consequence, he has been suspended for the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham are also not available for selection due to injures. The pair both pulled out of training last week and will need some more time to recover. Silva’s injury was described as more of a setback in his recovery process, while Tammy is still dealing with some discomfort in his ankle.
Unlike in the first leg, Atletico Madrid enters the match with a fully fit and healthy squad. The likes of Kieran Trippier and Yannick Carrasco who both missed the first leg will now have the possibility of featuring in the second leg. While key defender Jose Gimenez is also a notable addition to the squad after featuring against Getafe at the weekend.
- There have been a total of 2.5 goals scored In Atletico’s last 5 games
- Chelsea remain unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel’s managerial spell so far
- Chelsea have won five out of their last six champions league matches
- Atletico Madrid have lost a total of three Champions League matches against Chelsea, their joint-most against an opponent along with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid
Form (all competitions)
Chelsea – WDWWD
Saturday 13th March – Leeds 0-0 Chelsea
Monday 8th March – Chelsea 2-0 Everton
Thursday 4th March – Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea
Sunday 28th February – Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
Tuesday 23rd February – Atlético Madrid 0-1 Chelsea
Atletico Madrid – LWDWD
Saturday 13th March – Getafe 0-0 Atletico
Wednesday 10th March – Atletico 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
Sunday 7th March – Atletico 1-1 Real Madrid
Sunday 28th February – Villarreal 0-2 Atletico
Tuesday 23rd February – Atletico 0-1 Chelsea
Atletico Madrid – Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Trippier, Lodi; Koke; Llorente, Felix, Niguez, Carrasco; Suarez
Chelsea – Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Werner
Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid