A five-star shock. This Tuesday, the Atlético de Madrid-Chelsea poster in the round of 16 first leg of the UEFA Champions League made football enthusiasts salivate. It must be said that this meeting will be an opportunity to see two European leaders oppose each other while having a few stars on the lawn in Bucharest, since the match has been relocated due to health restrictions in Spain. On the benches also there will be two stars since Diego Simeone and Thomas Tuchel will be present. Two coaches who want to win the tactical battle and go this round.
On the Colchoneros side, El Cholo, who has to deal with some absences, should a priori bet on a 5-3-2 (3-5-2 on the offensive phases). In the cages, no surprise since the solid Jan Oblak will be there. In front of him, a three-way defense made up of Hermoso, Felipe and Savic (left to right) is expected at kickoff. A notch higher, Saul and Marcos Llorente will occupy the role of piston. At the heart of the game, Geoffrey Kondogbia will support Lemar, on the left, and Koke, on the right, on the wings.
Luis Suarez could open his Champions League goal counter this season
Finally, to bring danger offensively, João Félix will be associated with Luis Suarez. El Pistolero is expected this evening, he who has scored 16 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions. But the former Barça has not opened his Champions League goal counter this season. He will have the opportunity to do so tonight against a Chelsea team which has regained color since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at the end of January. Under the orders of the German, the Blues are undefeated and they intend to remain so. For this, the former coach of PSG, who will do without Thiago Silva (injured), should opt for a 3-4-2-1 (or 3-4-3).
Edouard Mendy should start in goal with the Rüdiger-Christensen-Azpilicueta trio to help him in his mission (left to right). In the middle, Marcos Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho and Reece James will a priori be in the starting XI. Concerning James, Callum Hudson-Odoi could be preferred to him. In front, Timo Werner and Mason Mount have every chance of being the two players who will support Tammy Abraham, aligned at the top and preferred to Frenchman Olivier Giroud. Tuchel like Simeone should therefore come out the big game tonight.