Atletico Madrid v Chelsea @Arena Nationala @9pm on Feb.23
Will Thomas Tuchel taste his first loss as a Chelsea manager against Diego Simeone’s experienced Atletico side in the UCL? Atletico lost their La Liga match at the weekend and Simeone will expect a positive reaction from his players, especially from Luis Suarez, who has scored against Chelsea in the past.
Tuchel sent a powerful message to his players during the 1-1 draw away to Southampton on Saturday when he sent on Callum Hudson-Odoi at the interval and then removed the forward 30 minutes into the second half.
Tammy Abraham may have given up his chance to lead the line with an inept performance while Thiago Silva misses out with a thigh injury. Atletico will be without Yannick Carrasco, Sime Vrsaljko, Jose Gimenez, and Kieran Trippier is still suspended. The match will tell a lot about both teams in the last leg of the season.
Current Form: Atletico [L-D-W-D-W]; Chelsea [D-W-W-W-W]
05/12/17 UCL Chelsea 1 – 1 Atletico
27/09/17 UCL Atletico 1 – 2 Chelsea
30/04/14 UCL Chelsea 1 – 3 Atletico
22/04/14 UCL Atletico 0 – 0 Chelsea
31/08/12 USC Chelsea 1 – 4 Atletico