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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will face each other in the first leg of their 1st knockout round meeting in the Champions League. The First leg will be played in Romania on neutral ground with Atletico as the hosts due to the Covid-19 situation. Atletico Madrid are one of the biggest clubs in Spain and Europe that hope to win every competition they start. They are favourites to win the title in La Liga and have high hopes for the Champions League as well. Diego Simeone's team finished second in their group behind Bayern Munchen and in front of Salzburg and Lokomotiv Mosocow. They managed two wins and three draws in 6 games and finished with a negative goal difference,7 scored and 8 conceded mostly because of their heavy 0-4 loss against Bayern Munich. The hosts aren't going through the best run of form and won only one of their last four games, against Granada. Other than that they only managed draws against Celta Vigo and away against Levante and in their last game they suffered a very surprising 0-2 loss at home against Levante. Herrera tested positive for Covid-19 and will be unavailable along Carrasco and Gimenez who are injured.
Chelsea are one of the top teams in the Premier League but who in recent years have really struggled and are seen as slight underdogs by the bookmakers in this match. Unlike their opponents the London giants managed to win their Champions League group with 14 points after 6 games, leaving behind Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes. They managed 4 wins and two draws scoring 14 goals and conceding only 2 but since the group games there have been some big changes as Frank Lampard was replaced as manager by last year finalist in the Champions League Thomas Tuchel. The managerial change brought the desired effect as Chelsea's form improved considerably under Tuchel and they are undefeated in the last 8 games, with 6 games being won. In their last game they only managed a draw away against Southampton 1-1. Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.have some medical problems and are uncertain for this match.