Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
Chelsea play host to Atletico Madrid in the second-leg of the UEFA Champions league last sixteen qualification against the Spanish La Liga leader on Wednesday night at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea without injured Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham for Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid; follow with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms.
Ahead of the Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid, the Blues will be without injured duo Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid. Both defender Silva has yet to shake off a thigh complaint, while striker Abraham continues to battle an ankle issue, though both are expected to be fit for club action after the international break.
Both Chelsea midfielders Mason Mount and Jorginho will miss the last-16 second-leg encounter due to suspension.
Atletico Madrid have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge and will be boosted by the return of Kieran Tripper from a 10-week suspension for gambling breaches.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in his words said, “With Simeone, they are one of the toughest teams to beat, this is their characteristic – discipline, hard-working and organised defence.
“They have incredible quality to attack and to play a possession game, they are a complete squad.”
On the other side of the divide, Atletico coach Diego Simeone believes his talismanic Portuguese to perform at “Joao Felix, as we have always mentioned, is a really important player. He is going to play from the beginning. Joao has had a really high-quality start to the season. He is the talk of our team and we need this player.
“All footballers have different stages throughout their professional career, especially when they are young, where they dip. But as you heard from him there is nothing more needed from his personality.
“Ahead of the Champions League and La Liga matches, we have to ensure that as a 21-year-old that he has that will that he needs to have to reach the point where he needs to be.”
Chelsea team line-up:
Edouard Mendy, Antonio Ruediger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Timo Werner, Mateo Kovacic, Hakim Ziyech, Reece James, Olivier Giroud
Atletico Madrid team line-up:
Jan Oblak, Jose Gimenez, Renan Lodi, Stefan Savic, Kieran Trippier, Koke, Saul Niguez, Angel Correa, Marcos Llorente, Yannick Carrasco, Luis Suarez