The first Champions League game to be played at Atléti’s new home, the Wanda Metropolitano, will have one name on everybody’s lips, Diego Costa. On the verge of a move back to Spain, the for now Chelsea player will be in attendance for what should be a magnificent game of football.
With both teams almost fully fit, with only Drinkwater missing for the Blues and Kevin Gameiro out for Atlético, the two sides should produce a brilliant game between Europe’s elite.
After one match, it’s the Londoners who top Group C with the 6-0 drubbing of Qarabag, while Atléti were held to a 0-0 draw away to AS Roma. Domestically, both teams are in the form of dreams. The home side haven’t lost domestically since Villarreal scored a single goal against them in April, meanwhile the visitors haven’t claimed a defeat since the home loss to Burnley on the first day of the season.
Ones to watch will be Carrasco and Angel Correa, both on three goals for the campaign. However, Atlético’s star Antoine Griezmann can never be one to ignore, especially in Europe, who is now Los Rojiblancos’ all time leading scorer in European competitions. For Chelsea, who can look past former employee of Atlético’s bitter rivals Real Madrid, Alvaro Morata. Hot from his weekend’s hat-trick at the Bet365 Stadium, he will be looking to come back to Spain and leave three points and a few goals richer.
Aside from the attack, both defences are solid, with Atléti only conceding four in seven in all competitions so far this campaign, and goalkeeper Jan Oblak has made 17 saves so far in La Liga. While in England, since that Burnley defeat, the Blues have only conceded three goals in all contests.
So who will win? Will attack beat defence? It’s a battle of the best. Who can guess matches like these