|Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid|
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
Champions League Round of 16
Thursday, March 18, 2021
1:30 pm Indian time
Stamford Bridge (London)
Chelsea | 2 - 0 | Atletico Madrid
AGG: 3 - 0
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Havertz, Werner, Ziyech.
Atletico Madrid XI:
Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Llorente, Koke, Saul, Carrasco; Suarez, Felix.
Chelsea's duel against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 2020/2021, Thursday (18/3/2021), is predicted to be tight. Even though Chelsea won the first leg, Atletico's chance to give a surprise and qualify for the quarter-finals is still open.
The first leg was held at a neutral venue (Arena National, Bucharest, Romania) in line with entry restrictions imposed by several countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a guest team, Chelsea beat Atletico 1-0 through Olivier Giroud's single goal in 68 minutes. Atletico, which has top strikers like Joao Felix and Luis Suarez, was unable to dismantle their opponents' defenses.
Atletico is arguably quite disadvantaged because they cannot serve Chelsea at the Estadio Metropolitano, their own home. What's more, the second leg will not return to a neutral place, but at home to the opponent, Stamford Bridge.
Even so, Atletico doesn't need to think about it too much. They just need to focus on beating Chelsea and overturning the aggregate deficit. Can Diego Simeone's men do it?
Beating Chelsea will not be easy. The Blues are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions with new coach Thomas Tuchel, who was appointed to replace Frank Lampard on 26 January 2021. They won 8 times (W8 D4 L0), scored a total of 13 goals, and conceded only two.
However, one drawback of Tuchel's Chelsea concoction is that they have a little trouble scoring goals against the opponent's goal. In addition, Chelsea will also be without Jorginho and Mason Mount, who was hit by yellow card accumulation, and that could have a negative impact on them.
If Atletico Madrid is able to dismantle the Chelsea defense, then their chance to turn things around will be open. If not, then Los Colchoneros should be ready to be eliminated in the last 16.
Sept 10, 2022