News – UK – Atletico Madrid v Chelsea team news and predicted lineups ahead of today’s Champions League game

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Diego Simeones Atletico will be the “home team” in this first leg, which was moved from Madrid to Romania due to coronavirus problems Travel restrictions The last duel between the teams took place in December 2017 when the clubs were in the first round of the same tournament in West London played a 1-1 draw. Three months earlier, Chelsea won 2-1 in the Spanish capital

Chelsea have had three new head coaches since those meetings Thomas Tuchel joined in January after the Blues had already qualified from the group stage of this year’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 led to the final of the competition, where they were defeated by Bayern Munich

The Blues softened the group stage unbeaten under former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard earlier this season, while La Liga leaders Atletico responded to a 4-0 loss to defending champions Bayern in week 1 by playing in Further course further defeats prevented the group stage

The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport Subscribers can also broadcast the action live on the broadcaster’s website and app

Atletico are without center-back Jose Gimenez, who has a muscle problem, but Stefan Savic returns from suspension for the game tonight. Winger Yannick Carrasco will be absent for the Spanish side and will also suffer from a muscle injury Sime Vrsaljko is also absent Hector Herrera is out due to a positive coronavirus test result

Chelsea will miss center-back Thiago Silva – another victim of a muscle problem – while midfielders Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic both have doubts that Sammy Abraham is fit after recently recovering from an ankle injury

Expect a nervous clash in Romania Chelsea manage to score a crucial away goal to face an exciting second leg next month at Atletico 1-1 Chelsea

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Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/atletico-madrid-chelsea-team-news-lineups-injuries-b1805745.html