The battle to book a place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League will be on when Chelsea will go head to head against the La Liga table toppers Atletico Madrid on their home turf Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the 2nd leg of the round of 16 having a 1-0 lead from the 1st leg.
Chelsea are on a terrific run as they try to rebuild under Thomas Tuchel. You can say The Blues are on a resurgent run as they are yet to be beaten under the guidance of Tuchel. Tuchel’s men will come into this game with a 13 game unbeaten run on their back which must have given a boost to their confidence levels coming into this game. The Blues, who topped in their group will hope to continue their unbeaten run in the Champions League as they are yet to lose a game so far in this Competition.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid finished as runner-up’s in the group stage to qualify for the round of 16 of the Champions League. Although Diego Simeone’s men are enjoying their run in the La Liga this season being top of the table. They would be hoping to get back on the winning track in the Champions League after their disappointing loss to The Blues in the first leg at Wanda Metropolitano.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview:
Chelsea are high in confidence under Thomas Tuchel. considering their current form in the last 5 matches they have drawn two, one against Leeds United and the other one against Manchester United, and won 3, each against Liverpool, Everton, and their current opponent Atletico Madrid itself. They don’t score much but moreover, they don’t Concede as well. As The Blues have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches.
Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, won 2, drawn 2, and lost 1 in their last 5 matches. their current form doesn’t look to be that impressive but their new striker #9 Luis Suarez looks dangerous in the front line. The Colchoneros, though, are enjoying a memorable season in La Liga, topping the Liga table and thus must not be underestimated.
Courtesy of a second-half bicycle strike from Olivier Giroud separates the two sides in the first leg as Chelsea get the job done at Wanda Metropolitano. It would be fascinating to watch if Atleti can turn the table their way in 2nd leg. As of now, it remains to be seen who can cut the thin line between the two to qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Predicted Line-ups and Scoreline:
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Hudson-Odoi, Werner; Giroud
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Trippier, Saul, Koke, Carrasco; Llorente, Correa; Suarez.
Predicted score: Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid