Extra pre-match studying, Jacob Steinberg now on Thomas Tuchel’s spluttering strikers:
Here’s Josué Seixas on Felipe, who starts his 20th game of the season this evening:
The team sheets have been submitted, and the names upon them were these:
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Llorente, Koke, Lemar, Saul, Correa, Joao Felix, Suarez. Subs: Grbic, Kondogbia, Torreira, Renan Lodi, Dembele, Vitolo, Camello, Garcia, Sanchez, San Roman.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Werner, Giroud. Subs: Arrizabalaga, Kante, Abraham, Pulisic, Caballero, Zouma, Chilwell, Ziyech, Gilmour, James, Havertz, Emerson Palmieri.
Referee: Felix Brych.
Good day world!
In case you’re solely nearly as good as your final sport Chelsea are in luck, as a result of Atletico misplaced 2-0 to Levante on the weekend. In each different method, although, they’re in for a really powerful evening. “It’s clear what you get if you play Atlético: combating, expertise and a crew with a powerful mentality,” says Tommy Tuchel. Positive, the sport’s relocation to Bucharest is sort of useful, besides this isn’t a straightforward task – for both crew. “Take my phrase for it: it’s not simple to play for Cholo,” Filipe Luis stated of Diego Simeone to Sid Lowe this week. “He has zero sentimentality. None. He decides what he has to resolve to win.” As for Simeone, he referred to as Tuchel a “nice coach who all the time makes his groups play properly, wherever he goes”, and added that he “involves a membership that could be very robust economically”, which may both be a bland assertion of reality or a little bit of a dig on the supply of their wealth and subsequent success relying on the way you take a look at it, however I’m going with the latter.
Atletico have just a few injury-enforced absentees, together with Jose Gimenez and Yannick Carrasco, whereas Chelsea have left Thiago Silva at residence, however any match with Luis Suarez, Joao Felix, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech on its checklist of possible members is a match I need to be watching.
Earlier than we get the possibility to try this, although, right here’s a first instalment of pre-match studying, with extra to return: