Tonight, from 9:00 p.m., Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea will play the first leg of their knockout round of the Champions League at the National Arena in Bucharest, behind closed doors. The meeting is played in the Romanian capital due to the sanitary restrictions established in Spain for the entry of people residing in the United Kingdom.
A priori, Atlético de Madrid could seem clear favorites to win, but the performance of both teams in recent days has changed this perception.
Atlético comes to the game with confidence somewhat undermined by their last two games against Levante, as they drew 1-1 at the Ciutat de València and lost at Wanda 0-2. The continuous casualties due to coronavirus (half of the workforce has already suffered it) are reducing the capacity of the mattress team. Simeone will not be able to field players like Carrasco, Giménez, Vrsalijko, Herrera or Trippier.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are in a very positive dynamic, which began just with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel to the bench, replacing Frank Lampard. The Blues have gone 8 games without losing, between the Premier and the FA Cup. The German coach has changed the game system and is trying to recover the contribution of players who did not have the confidence of Lampard. In addition, it has climbed positions in the English League classification and has the Champions zone one step away.
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