The match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will be held in Romania on February 23, due to the effects of the coronavirus. Let’s take a look at the team news, prediction and the possible lineups.
Starting with the performance, Atletico still sits at the top of the La Liga table, but Simeone’s side won only one of their last four matches. Meanwhile, Chelsea scored outstanding performances since the new coach Thomas Tuchel moved to Stamford Bridge. About the head-to-head records, Chelsea last met Atletico in the UCL 2017/2018 Group Stages and it was a nil-nil.
This time, Atletico Madrid will be without the services of Jose Gimenez, who had a muscular problem after the match with Levante and Hector Herrera, who tested positive for the coronavirus. Besides, Kieran Trippier is still suspended due to the ban on betting. As for Chelsea, Tuchel confirmed that Thiago Silva had a muscular problem and he’ll miss out on this match.
Atletico Madrid’s possible starting lineup:
GK: Jan Oblak
DF: Stefan Savic – Felipe – Mario Hermoso
MF: Marcos Llorente – Geoffrey Kondogbia – Koke – Saul – Renan Lodi
FW: Joao Felix – Luis Suarez
Chelsea’s possible starting lineup:
GK: Edouard Mendy
DF: Azpilicueta – Andreas Christensen – Antonio Rudiger – Reece James
MF: N’Golo Kante – Jorginho – Marcos Alonso – Mason Mount
FW: Tammy Abraham – Timo Werner
Atletico Madrid will have a tough match against Chelsea but I think Simeone and his army can pull through. In my prediction, the score will be Atletico Madrid 2-1 Chelsea.
Image sources: Sky Sports, UEFA
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