Atlético de Madrid – Chelsea: Get up in the Champions League

The Atlético de Madrid ‘receives’ the Chelsea to play the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. The match will be played in Bucharest due to the existing restrictions in Spain on flights from England, so the UEFA He chose the Nacional Arena in Bucharest, which will be the stadium that the rojiblancos will use at home in this tie.

After the two punctures in the Santander League in front of I raised, with whom he drew in Valencia and with whom he was defeated in the Metropolitan by 0-2, the men of the Cholo Simeone refocus on the crashed ball of the Champions League. Game by game, as the Argentine’s slogan reads, now it’s time to think only about the match against him Chelsea. When that match is over, look back at the Santander League where it has several difficult games ahead.

The Atlético de Madrid traveled to Bucharest in painting. It seemed that it was emptying after several footballers were recovering from the coronavirus, but now muscle injuries have returned to the dry dock list. Simeone drew up the call in which they are not Yannick Carrasco, José María Giménez ni Sime Vrsaljko for various injuries. They will also not be available Hector Herrera by Covid-19 nor Kieran trippier, which is still serving its penalty for the issue of illegal gambling.

With all these casualties, the eleven that the Cholo Simeone it is easier to deduce. Everything points to what Oblak will defend the goalposts of the Atlético de Madrid. Ahead of the Slovenian, Mario Hermoso, Savic and Felipe will form on the axis of the rear and Renan Lodi and Marcos Llorente as lanes. In the middle of the field Kondogbia, Saúl and Koke They would be in the trivot and as more advanced men they will act Luis Suárez and Joao Félix.

A very even balance

The colchoneros want to re-sign a good Champions League, not like in the last seasons in which they have fallen down in the eighth or in the quarters. The debacle of two seasons ago when the Juventus gave him the return in Italy to 2-0 that the Athletic had gotten in the Metropolitan. Last year, in the atypical final round played in Lisbon, where he RB Leipzig he lowered a team that had come to eliminate the Liverpool in the last 16 in one of the last games in the world without a pandemic.

To try to win the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League the Atlético de Madrid returns to the National Arena in Bucharest, where Simeone He lifted his first title as coach of the mattress team. In Romania the Athletics won by a resounding 3-0 to Athletic in the 2012 Europa League final, a final in which he had minutes Koke, man who today is captain of the rojiblanca entity. Interestingly, the same year that the Chelsea won his first Orejona. Months later they would see the faces in the European Super Cup, where the Madrilenians prevailed with a resounding 4-1 and an exhibition of Radamel Falcao.

Kepa or Mendy, Tuchel’s great doubt

Ahead will be Chelsea Thomas tuchel, who became manager of the London team a month ago after Frank Lampard’s dismissal, is fifth in the Premier League. With the league almost sentenced by the Manchester City the blue team has the need to continue in the good dynamics since the German coach took over the ship. And it is that since his arrival they add five victories and two draws in the English tournaments. Now will be the Atlético de Madrid the one who tries to defeat them for the first time.

And to win at Chelsea the Athletic knows a lot. The same as the English. Both teams have met seven times with a balance of two victories for each team and three draws. Londoners embittered the premiere of Metropolitan on the Champions League with a goal from Bathsuayi in the last minutes, putting the final 1-2. That night he had opened the can Alvaro Morata, that with the passage of the years would end up in the rojiblanco club. But if one of the parties between these two entities has gone down in history, in addition to the European Super Cup, is the disputed in 2014 in Stamford Bridge in which the Athletics beat the team 1-3 Mourinho… and of Fernando Torres, which made the so much blue. That triumph allowed those of Simeone Access the 2014 Lisbon final.

As for the lineup I could pull Thomas tuchel, the great debate is in the goal: Kepa or Mendy. Ahead of them, a scheme similar to that of the mattresses. Christensen, Azpilicueta and Rudiger would form as central and James and Chilwell they would act as lanes. Kovacic and Jorginho would be the pair of pivots and Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount and Timo Werner they would be on the offensive trident.