Posted by admin on February 23, 2021
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will lock horns in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg at Arena Nationala in Romania, as both sides will be aiming to qualify for the next stage.
The La Liga leaders are heading into this clash after an agonising defeat against Levante at the weekend, and Diego Simeone will look at this tie as an opportunity to bounce back to winning ways.
Atletico ensured their spot in the Round of 16 despite collecting just 9 points, as the Spanish giants grabbed the second spot in Group A behind Bayern Munich.
On the other hand, the English giants ended up as the winners of Group E with 14 points from 6 games, beating Spanish side Sevilla to the top spot.
Under the guidance of new manager Thomas Tuchel, the Blues have enjoyed a positive period, going unbeaten in their last eight fixtures across all competitions, but were held by Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid XI (3-5-2): Oblak, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Llorente, Koke, Kondogbia, Niguez, Lodi, Felix, Suarez
Chelsea XI (3-4-2-1): Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Ruediger, James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Werner, Abraham
Kick off is at 21:00 (GMT +1).
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