Atletico Madrid’s Defence Looking to Nulify the Chelsea Attack
One of the standout games in the second round of group matches sees Chelsea travel to the Spanish capital to face Atletico Madrid and Antonio Conte must find a way to break down the hosts’ stern resistance. The Blues prepared for this tie in perfect fashion with a thumping 4-0 success against Stoke but they won’t have it easy at the Wanda Metropolitano on September 27.
The Premier League side eased past Qarabag during the opening group game in West London, whilst Atletico returned from Italy with an extremely credible goalless draw against Roma.
Diego Simeone’s side has conceded just four goals in all competitions this season and just one since the end of August. They picked up another clean sheet with a superb 2-0 victory here against Sevilla on September 23, making it back-to-back shutouts at their new stadium.
Striker Diego Costa, who has been exiled by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, is set to be paraded prior to the game after securing his move to Spain. Atletico fans are delighted to have the powerful striker back on their books after he netted 43 times in 94 appearances during his previous spell at the club.
The Premier League outfit are likely to bring back David Luiz and Gary Cahill for this encounter whilst Eden Hazard should also feature. The creative Belgian is Chelsea’s best hope of opening up the Atletico backline, who are yet to concede at home this season and they are going to need something special to find a way past the La Liga club.
Betfair is one of the top UK bookmakers and has priced up the home side as 23/20 favourites for this time with Chelsea backers getting 3/1 for the Blues to make it back-to-back Champions League victories.