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In-form Chelsea will have their Champions League credentials tested when they visit Atletico Madrid.

The London club have turned the corner under Thomas Tuchel but facing Diego Simeone’s XI on the road is likely to prove a completely different prospect.

Interesting enough is that the away side has prevailed more than the hosts in ties between these two European superpowers. The last encounter was draw but before that the visitors earned victories in the previous three matches.

Chelsea are the last team to beat Atlético Madrid in an away game in European competition; all the way back in September 2017.

The visitors will be without Thiago Silva but coach Tuchel can call upon N’Golo Kante to act as the base of his midfield.

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are both fit but Tuchel is likely to have Timo Werner and Mason Mount as support to fit-again Tammy Abraham.

The home side will not be able to include Yannick Carrisco and Hector Herrera but crucially Stefan Savic is back in defence with Luis Suarez and Jaoa Felix both ready to lead the line for Diego Simeone’s men.

Suggested bet: Atletico to win at 2.83

The Spaniards will be out to avoid the thrashing 4-1 that PSG delivered on La Liga giants Barcelona last week.

“We needed to have the perfect match, we did not,” said Antoine Griezmann.

“They had it … It is hard to come up with something (to say), after having conceded four. We were ready, we wanted to have a great match, they were better than us. There is nothing to say.

“There is still the second leg. It will be difficult, we are not going to go into it just to see the sights. We need to work as we were. The season is still long. We are professionals. We will need to go there to win and try to turn the situation around.”

Barca will travel to Paris on 10 March.

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