Atletico Madrid face on form Chelsea

La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid host Premier League side Chelsea in Group C action of the UEFA Champions League at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday. 

Champions League:

27 September 2017
Kick-off 20:45 UK time
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano
Referee: C. Cakir
Assistants: B. Duran, T. Ongun
Fourth official: M. Eyisoy

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM            MATCHES  WIN   DRAW   LOSS

Atletico Madrid      5     2     2     1

Chelsea              5     1     2     2

Previous encounter:

Chelsea 1-3 Atletico Madrid – 30/04/14 (Premier League)

Chelsea goalscorer: F. Torres (36') 

Atletico Madrid goalscorers: Adrian (44'), D. Costa (P 87'), . Turan (72')

Players to watch:

For Chelsea, the player to watch at the moment is Alvaro Morata. The Spanish striker has settled in splendidly at Stamford Bridge and got his first Premier League hat-trick last weekend against the Potters. With six goals to his name already, the former Juventus and Real Madrid striker is on fire.

"He's very young, only 24 years, and I think this is important for Chelsea," Conte said of Morata. "I think now he's involved totally in our style of football, in our idea. He adapted very well to this league but now he has to continue to work and improve because he's only starting.

For Atleti, Antoine Griezmann may claim to the be the club’s poster boy, but at the moment their most deadly forward is Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. The Belgian No.10 already has three goals to his name this season and, just like his French teammate wearing the No.7, he has the skill to change the game in an instant.

Team form and manager quotes:

The Blues have three points on the board after sweeping aside group minnows Qarabag 6-0 on matchday one, while Los Rojiblancos could only manage a 0-0 draw away to Roma.

Chelsea have been in good form in the Premier League, returning to winning ways with a 4-0 rout of Stoke City after drawing the Arsenal the weekend before. Including that draw with the Gunners, England’s reigning champions are undefeated since the opening-day defeat to Burnley, winning their other four matches.

Atleti, meanwhile, have made an unbeaten start to La Liga. Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sevilla made it three wins in a row, putting them second in the standings, four points behind Barcelona, who have made a perfect start.

The two capital-based sides last met in 2014, in the semi-finals of this competition as Atleti won the tie 3-1 en route to the final, with all the goals coming in the second leg. They went on to lose to derby rivals Real Madrid in the final in Lisbon.

"We have to face a tough game against a team that in the last years played always this competition with good performance and to arrive at the final twice," Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said ahead of the match.

"We have to prepare very well for this type of game. For sure it will be a really tough game for us, but we must be excited because last season we didn't play this competition. Now we are playing and we have to try to do our best."

"We have been looking forward to the Chelsea game," said Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone. "They are a team full of extraordinary players.

"We will see what the team needs for this game. Each game is different and we can choose players who can make the difference."

Team news:

In team news, Conte revealed that "there are no injury worries" for him, as he considers starting Eden Hazard, with the Belgian winger tentatively returning from injury while making a late appearance against Stoke.

"I think now Eden is improving a lot and for sure he's in contention for Atletico Madrid," Conte said. "After a bad injury and surgery, you need time. He's almost ready to play but if I make this decision it will be because I'm comfortable with it."

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