The ultimate club competition in the ‘old continent’ has brought for the phase of round of 16 tremendous encounters that on paper promise great emotions, such is the case of the duel between the Atlético de Madrid and the Chelsea, who will meet this Tuesday for the first episode of the key.
Romania is list for “burst” on the Champions League, but is it the Colchoneros will feel the same intensity that they have shown in LaLiga to prevail over Londoners and continue the dream of raising the ‘Orejona’?.
Even though the box Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone be the current leader of the Spanish competition with 55 units just three to one in the race with him Real Madrid, who has one party more than their neighbors; The latest results have not favored the gait of the team prior to the match against those of Thomas Tuchel, which in turn, increasingly threatens his dominance to be crowned in the league.
Atlético comes from a defeat in the Wanda Metropolitano 2-0 against Levanthey of a 1-1 draw against the Catalans in the rescheduled match of the day 2, which has put into question the rhythm of the game shown since LaLiga started, where his path to glory was more than written.
Likewise, injuries and positive cases of COVID-19 within the squad, they have reduced the possibilities of the Argentine strategist to create variants in the starting box to maintain the solidity that characterized them, keeping them smoothly on top.
Sure, it’s a different tournament, and as everyone knows, in the magic nights anything can happen. The rojiblanco team will have the hard task of leaving on the road to one of four undefeated teams in the current edition of the ‘Champions’.
The blues were placed as leaders of the group E with 14 units, registering four wins and two draws. In the same way, those currently led by the German coach have improved their level, meeting the expectations set since the beginning of the season with the squad they put together for this year, with names such as Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz.
Four wins and one tied in the last five games of the Premier League, they locate Chelsea as fifth of the island, which has allowed him to regain confidence and not let go of the hands of a coach who already knows what it is like to reach a Champions League final.
The ‘Cholo’ also knows what is played in these types of instances, despite having lost the final two that he faced. Leaving aside the Argentine style of play, for many, this Atlético has everything to erase the ghosts They have haunted him for a long time.
In such a year atypical, they had the luxury of putting together an enviable offensive not only for the other two greats of Spain, but for the greats of Europe. With the arrival of Luis Suarez to Madrid, the attack permeated fear throughout the league, thanks to the chemistry of the Uruguayan and Joao Felix.
However, in the last duels, both attackers have not managed to make the difference on the scoreboard that could give them the necessary points to separate themselves even more from the meringues and the Barcelona In the table.
This does not mean that it is not possible to resume the ship’s course, since if both Suárez and Félix enter plugged into the Bucharest National Arena, the match could be defined from the first 90 minutes, without neglecting the fundamental imbalance that Marcos Llorente has given Simeone’s scheme, remembering that between the three they add 30 goals so far this year, while Tammy Abraham has taken the caste in the attack ‘blue’ with 6 annotations.
The antecedent between both clubs within the competition is very short, since they have only met on one occasion, when Atlético defeated the English in the semi-finals of the 2013/14 edition by aggregate 3-1.
It is important to remember that the first leg was forced to play in an alternative venue, since the Spanish government prohibited the entry into the country of flights from UK, as a preventive measure against coronavirus; so the duel will be played in the Romanian complex.