We return to the Spanish capital to face Atletico Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League in Matchday Two.
Both sides came out with different results in the first matchday, with Chelsea cruising to victory over Qarabag whilst Atletico were kept at bay in Rome to only come away with a point.
This tie will be the first European game at Atletico’s new stadium, names as the ‘Wanda Metropolitano’. One thing is for certain, the home side will be up for it and so will their fans. Chelsea will need to be on top form if they are going to come out with a result.
This fixture has only occurred on five occasions and all of them being in the last 10 years. In those fixtures, the Spanish side have won two of them, with the other two being draws, and Chelsea coming away with only the one win. They last met four seasons ago in the semi-finals of this competition, with Atletico coming out eventual winners. It was a draw at the Vincente Calderon but the Blues were beaten back in London to see them knocked out, so I’m sure revenge is wanted.
Wednesday’s game will happen just after the Diego Costa saga has ended. With Atletico agreeing a fee for Costa, I’m sure the forward will be there to urge his new club to be on against his soon to be former employers.
Chelsea come into this game with the majority of their players available. Drinkwater will be the only certain absentee following his injury in training a few weeks ago. David Luiz is available to play, with his suspension being only in English competitions, however carrying a risk injury will make him a doubt. Eden Hazard could start, with Antonio Conte saying he will not rush the Belgian back if he isn’t ready. Courtois is set to face his former side, who he was on loan with for three seasons. With Chelsea looking to come away with some result, Conte could look to switch it to three in the midfield.
The Blues look set to start the majority of the side who started in their impressive 4-0 away performance to Stoke City on Saturday.
GK – Thibaut Courtois
LWB – Marcus Alonso
CB – Cesar Azpilicueta (C), David Luiz and Andreas Christensen
RWB – Victor Moses
CM – N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas
CF – Eden Hazard
ST – Alvaro Morata
With it being the first European game at their new stadium, Chelsea will find it extremely tough on Wednesday night. But with the confidence of the team with the recent performances I don’t think they will be phased by it.
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Chelsea