Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Preview, Prediction, H2H Results: UCL Round of 16
Chelsea face Spanish giants in an interesting European clash. Alley Sport covers Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid preview and the insights of the tie.
Thomas Tuchel was a finalist with PSG in the last season, and be hoping to replicate the same with Chelsea, faces a daunting task of overcoming La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, the 2 time finalists of the competition. These sides have met before in the competition and always produced a spectacular show.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Preview
Chelsea come into the game after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Southampton, with Mason Mount scoring from the spot to salvage a point at the St. Mary’s. Alongside the result, Chelsea were hit with the fitness concern of their striker Tammy Abraham, who suffered from a knock in the game against the Saints. However, Chelsea are still unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel, and look to produce a brilliant attacking display against a defensive Atletico side.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid faced a shocking 2-0 loss to Levante in the La Liga, which cut short their lead at the top to 3 points, having a game in hand over second placed Real Madrid. Atletico would be worried about their form, especially at this crucial stage of their domestic campaign as well as the onset of their quest to Champions League glory, to a young and attack-minded Chelsea side.
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Prediction
Chelsea face a very strong Atletico side, who have been at the top of the La Liga table and breezed their way past the Champions League group stage. Atletico are the favorites to win this encounter, with a solid strike partnership developed between Suarez and Correa, as well as exceptional performances by goalkeeper Oblak and defender Savic. Chelsea have been inconsistent in the season, dropping valuable points time and again in their domestic campaign, and this inconsistency would hurt them.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Preview: H2H Results
The last time the sides met in the Champions League was when they were pitted against each other in the group stage of the 2017/18 Champions League season. The first ever European game at Wanda Metropolitano was played against Chelsea, who won 2-1 through an injury time winner from Batshuayi, upsetting Atletico at their new stadium. The second game at Stamford Bridge was a 1-1 draw, which ensured Atletico get knocked out to the Europa League that season.
The most memorable encounter between the sides was the semifinals of the 2013/14 Champions League, where a stalemate in the first leg triggered an European classic in the second, a 3-1 defeat for Chelsea, with Arda Turan running the show for Atletico. Atletico Madrid went through to the finals, losing out to Real Madrid in Lisbon.
The match kicks off at GMT 08:00 PM on Tuesday, 22nd February for British viewers, and the match can be caught live on BT Sport.
For Indian viewers, the match kicks off at IST 01:30 AM on Wednesday, 23rd February , and can be viewed live on Sony Ten Sports Network and Sony LIV. What is your Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Chelsea?
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