The fixture, originally scheduled to take place in the Spanish capital, has been relocated to Romania due to coronavirus-related travel rules, and marks the first meeting between the clubs in three seasons. The teams met twice in the group stage of this very competition in late 2017, with Chelsea winning one of the clashes and the other ending in a draw.
The Blues enter tonight’s fixture undefeated under Thomas Tuchel, who joined the Premier League side in January, having gone through the Champions League group stage unbeaten before Frank Lampard’s departure. Tuchel is out to go one further with Chelsea than he did with Paris Saint-Germain last season, when the Ligue 1 side were beaten in the final of the tournament by Bayern Munich. But La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid pose a stern challenge here, having recovered from an opening-round thrashing by Bayern to go undefeated through the remainder of the group stage this term – alongside their fine domestic form. Follow all the build-up, live match updates and post-game reaction from the Champions League last-16 first leg between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea below.
ATLETICO 0 – 0 CHELSEA
Kick off: Chelsea get the match started. Marcos Alonso gets forward on the left wing and tries to bring a diagonal ball under control. He chests it down and the ball runs away from him allowing Atletico to gain possession. Joao Felix makes a run through the midfield and is clipped from behind by Mason Mount who picks up the first yellow card of the game.
Michael Jones23 February 2021 20:02
HERE WE GO
Atletico Madrid are a difficult team to break down so it’ll be a tough task for Chelsea tonight and they’ll get punished if they aren’t at their best. Cesar Azpilicueta leads the Blues out onto the pitch. Kick off is next.
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:57
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud found the net every 28 minutes in the Champions League group stages this season (five goals in 142 minutes), the best ratio of any player to score more than one goal.
Of keepers to play at least three Champions League games this season, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy has the best save percentage in the competition (94%), only conceding from one of the 16 shots on target he has faced so far.
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:53
Atletico scored only seven goals in six games in this season’s group stages, the lowest tally amongst the 16 remaining sides in the competition.
Luis Suarez has never failed to score or deliver an assist in a Champions League campaign – this is his eighth season in the tournament. He is so far goalless and assist-less in his four games with Atleti in 2020/21.
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:48
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:44
AZPILICUETA EYEING UP CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:41
Chelsea were one of only four teams to win all three of their away games in this season’s group stages, alongside Atalanta, Barcelona and Juventus; they also scored more goals on the road than any other side (10).
However, their last away win in the knockout stages of the competition dates back to March 2012 against Benfica (1-0).
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:37
SIMEONE ON TUCHEL
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:33
Chelsea are the last team to beat Atletico on their own turf in European competition – it was in September 2017, Atletico’s first European match at their new Wanda Metroplitano stadium (1-2).
Chelsea were trailing for a grand total of four minutes during this season’s Champions League group stages, less than any other side. Also, only Manchester City (one) conceded fewer goals than the London side (two) in the group phase.
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:29
Diego Simeone has never lost a home match as Atletico manager in the knockout stages of the Champions League. He’s won nine and drawn four.
Atletico have only conceded one goal in their last 12 Champions League knockout ties at their Vicente Calderon/Wanda Metroplitano stadiums, that was against city rivals Real Madrid in May 2017 (2-1).
Michael Jones23 February 2021 19:25