Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea confirmed lineups as Giroud and Joao Felix lead respective lines Champions League 1/16 first leg

Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid tonight in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Diego Simeone’s Atletico will be the ‘home’ side in this first leg, which was relocated from Madrid to Romania due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions. The last clash between the teams came in December 2017, when the clubs played out a 1-1 draw in west London in the first round of this same tournament. Three months prior, Chelsea won 2-1 in the Spanish capital.

Chelsea have had three new head coaches since those meetings, with Thomas Tuchel joining this January after the Blues had already qualified from the group stage of this term’s Champions League. And the German will want to go one step further with the Premier League club than he did last season with Paris Saint-Germain, whom he led to the final of the competition, where they were defeated by Bayern Munich.

The Blues eased through the group stage unbeaten under former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard earlier this term, while La Liga leaders Atletico responded to a 4-0 loss against defending champions Bayern in gameweek 1 by avoiding further defeats over the course of the rest of the group stage.

Confirmed line-ups

Atletico XI: Oblak; Llorente, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Correa, Koke, Saul, Lemar; Joao Felix, Luis Suarez

Chelsea XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Werner


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