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Chelsea, Atletico Madrid square up for 2nd leg of last-16 Champions League battle

Chelsea welcome Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their last-16 Champions League battle on Wednesday evening.

The Blues have one foot in the quarter-finals after claiming a vital narrow win – and away goal – against the La Liga leaders through Olivier Giroud’s goal.

The two European superpowers head into this game on the back of goalless stalemates at the weekend, as Chelsea were held by Leeds United while Atletico could not get the better of Getafe.

Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start to life in London is also at stake this weekend ans the Chelsea manager says they will do everything win the ngame .

Jorginho and Mason mount are both suspended for the match after picking yellow cards for second bookable offences while defender Thiago Silva still remains a doubt.

Wednesday’s second leg represents the ninth meeting between the two teams in all competitions, with Chelsea boasting three wins compared to Atletico’s two, and the other three ties have ended with the spoils shared

Atletico Madrid manager,Diego Simeone has no injury worries ahead of the crunch tie and will have a full-strength squad to pick from.

Two-time runners up in 2014 and 2016, have failed to progress past the quarter-final stage four seasons in a row after they were sent packing in the last eight by RB Leipzig during the 2019-20 campaign.

Simeone has confirmed that Joao Felix will start as Atletico look to overturn the first-leg lead Olivier Giroud’s acrobatic bicycle kick handed Chelsea in Bucharest three weeks ago.

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