Chelsea and Atletico Madrid meet at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening with the guests’ Champions League destiny hanging within the stability. A win is a should, if they’re to have any hope of qualifying from Group C.
Diego Simeone’s aspect want a win and need to hope that Roma lose to Qarabag, in any other case it will likely be the Europa League for them publish Christmas.
The house aspect have totally different challenges forward of them. Progress has already been secured, however a win would clinch prime spot within the group.
Listed here are three key battles which may determine the end result of this conflict…
1. Antoine Griezmann vs Andreas Christensen
At 26, Antoine Griezmann is an skilled ahead used to taking part in elite video games for each membership and nation. He will likely be up towards Andreas Christensen, a relative newcomer, who has solely this yr damaged via the ranks to grow to be a Chelsea common.
Chelsea have been strong defensively this season with the younger Dane incomes his place alongside (and forward of) extra established stars.
Griezmann scored from the spot within the reverse fixture, however has been out of kinds this season. He might want to get again to close his unstoppable greatest if he’s to get the higher of Christensen and his teammates.
2. Eden Hazard vs Diego Godin
Within the final seven video games, Atletico have conceded simply twice and should not be written off from springing an upset towards Conte’s already-qualified aspect.
Godin is the heartbeat of the resolute defence bringing management and expertise to Simeone’s well-drilled outfit. Nonetheless, he will likely be up towards among the best performing gamers on this planet at present in Eden Hazard.
Regardless of not scoring within the reverse fixture, Hazard has netted 3 times within the Champions League this season and has had a big impact within the outcomes for Chelsea.
If the Belgian is not successfully coated, Godin’s lack of agility may result in issues for the away aspect, whereas Hazard’s tempo on the counter will likely be one other concern for the Uruguayan tio take care of.
three. Thibaut Courtois vs Jan Oblak
Each Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak have been instrumental for his or her golf equipment over the previous couple of years.
Oblak has solely conceded 3 times this European marketing campaign and Atletico maintain one of the best defensive file within the group. If the Slovenian can hold Chelsea’s forwards at bay, Atletico have an enormous likelihood to win at Stamford Bridge, placing the strain on Roma.