Chelsea will have to battle on without playmaker Eden Hazard. Image courtesy of: www.sportsmole.co.uk
Athletico Madrid has been the surprise packet in European football this year, both in the Champions League and La Liga. Currently placed on top of the domestic table, the club who have played ‘little brother’ to city rivals Real Madrid in recent times are on track to claim their first league title in 18 years. After overcoming Spainish giants Barcelona in the quarter-finals, Diego Simeone’s men will be full of confidence ahead of Tuesday morning’s (AEST) clash with the Blues. Athletico Madrid come off a 2-0 weekend win at
Chelsea has domestic title ambitions of their own, but a defeat at relegation-threatened Sunderland over the weekend put a severe dint in their claim for a fifth EPL title. The blue’s will have it all to do in Madrid, but if there is one man who knows how to win in the Spanish capital, it is the self-proclaimed “special one” Jose Mourinho. The former Real Madrid manager has plenty of experience playing against Athletico Madrid which will come in handy come Tuesday morning. However the Blues have been hit hard with injuries this week and will be forced to field aside without attacking duo Samuel Eto and Eden Hazard.
Tactical genius Mourinho will be confident the London club can leave Madrid with something. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 15 clashes with Spanish sides in the competition, credited to six wins and nine draws. Athletico Madrid will be tough to crack though, having only conceded five goals in ten Champions League matches. Expect a low scoring match in a tight game that will marginally favour the home side to record their first Champions League victory over the Blues.
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