PMB: Chelsea v Atletico - talking points and numbers

It’s our final European night until the New Year. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton take a close look at our quest to finish top of the table… 



Most of the tension was removed from this fixture by Chelsea’s emphatic 4-0 victory in Baku two weeks ago, but it could still prove important to finish top of Group C. The Blues will secure top spot with victory over tonight’s guests, or if Roma fail to beat bottom club Qarabag.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone knows his team have to win to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout round of Europe’s elite competition, and even then it will not be enough should the Italians prevail at home to the Horsemen.

The Azeris’ home games have kicked off earlier than others on previous matchdays, but now they play away and anyway, tonight and tomorrow all the decisive matches must start in the same time slot, so the Madrilenos’ may learn their fate during the course of their game at Chelsea.

Our Spanish guests are yet to win, or score, on the road in this season’s Champions League, drawing 0-0 away to Roma and Qarabag. However, they have won their past four games in all competitions and kept five consecutive clean sheets, not conceding a goal in 528 minutes of football.

The Blues remain the only opponents to have won at the Mattressmakers’ Wanda Metropolitano stadium, although Barcelona and Real Madrid managed draws there.


Atletico’s heaviest ever away defeat in the Champions League was at Stamford Bridge, in the Champions League group stage in 2009.

The Round of 16 draw is on 11 December from 11am. Group winners will be in one pot and runners-up another. No team can be paired with a club from their group or from their own national association at this stage.

The first knockout round fixtures are staggered. Group winners play the first leg away on either Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Tuesday 20, or Wednesday 21 February, and are at home for the return matches on Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7, Tuesday 13, or Wednesday 14 March.

Chelsea will definitely be joined on the next stage of the potential journey to Kiev by Manchester City and Tottenham and, barring big surprises, Liverpool and Manchester United.

If all the other Premier League sides win their groups and the Blues do not, it would leave PSG (or, conceivably, Bayern Munich), Barcelona, or Besiktas as the only options in the draw.

As group winners, Chelsea’s possible pairings would be less clear-cut but perhaps would include teams such as Basel or CSKA, Seville or Spartak, Shakhtar, Porto or Leipzig, Juventus or Sporting, alongside Real Madrid and Bayern.

Eden Hazard’s brace against Newcastle at the weekend made it 80 career goals for Chelsea. He is now level with Gianfranco Zola as the Blues’ third highest-scoring player from overseas, reaching the landmark in 45 fewer matches but with 17 penalties more than the Italian’s two.  

The Belgian’s chipped success from 12 yards on Saturday lunchtime was struck on the 69th birthday of Antonin Panenka, the Czech footballer after whom the cool-headed spot-kick technique he employed was named.

It was the champions’ first successfully converted spot-kick in the league since the same player scored against Bournemouth on Boxing Day. Both more recent Chelsea penalties in the league (in the 2-1 victory over Manchester City on 5 April and 1-1 at Anfield on 31 January) were saved, although Hazard converted the rebound against City. Diego Costa took the Liverpool one.

On 6 December, France Football magazine will announce the winner of its Ballon d’Or. Hazard and his team-mate N’Golo Kante were among the 30 players originally shortlisted for the award by a panel of 173 journalists from around the world.

The 2018 World Cup draw paired Belgium and England, but with so many of their players based in England, Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils will miss out on the often affirmed advantages of a winter break.

Despite the World Cup squeezing the fixtures calendar, all European leagues likely to have teams in the Round of 16 have factored in a rest period during December or January – except England. The health and fitness advantages claimed will apply equally to teams in the Champions League knockout rounds. Here is how the various leagues likely to have a Champions League team in the knock-out stage will take a mid-season break over the coldest months.

Winter breaks in potential Round of 16 countries
Portugal24 Dec – 2 Jan10 days
Italy 7 Jan – 20 Jan14 days
Spain24 Dec – 6 Jan14 days
France 21 Dec – 12 Jan 23 days
Germany18 Dec – 11 Jan25 days
Turkey26 Dec – 20 Jan26 days
Switzerland18 Dec – 2 Feb47 days
Ukraine11 Dec – 16 Feb68 days
Russia12 Dec – 3 Mar82 days


Top of the group, having a laugh.  


Other Group C fixture

Tonight 7.45pm - Roma v Qarabag

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The group-stage fates of potential future stars in the UEFA Youth League will be decided today. Like their senior peers, Chelsea U19s host Atletico U19s to decide who will finish top of Group C.

It makes a difference because the eight group winners will progress straight to the knockout phase, while the eight runners-up have to play-off against qualifiers from a separate feeder competition, the Domestic Champions Path.

The young Blues currently lead the second-placed Madrilenos by three points, with Roma and Qarabag already eliminated. Should the top two finish level on points, the first criterion to separate them is head-to-head results. Chelsea won 3-1 in Spain. 


Chelsea are aiming to top our group for the 12th time in 15 Champions League campaigns. In 1999/2000 there were two group stages and the Blues we were runners-up in the second one. The only failure to progress to the knockout phase came in 2012/13.

The Blues have lost just once in our last eight games against Spanish teams at Stamford Bridge.

Each of the Blues’ past four meetings with Spanish opposition has involved Atletico.

Cesc Fabregas is the fourth Spanish player in history to reach the 20-goal mark in the Champions League, joining a list which includes his former Chelsea team-mate Fernando Torres.

Eden Hazard is the top-scoring Belgian in the Champions League with eight goals.

Chelsea’s last 10 home games against Spanish teams in Europe
2005/06 Real BetisW 4-0Champions League group stage
2005/06 BarcelonaL 1-2Champions League round of 16 (lost 2-3 on agg)
2006/07 BarcelonaW 1-0Champions League group stage
2006/07 ValenciaD 1-1Champions League quarter-final (won 3-2 on agg)
2007/08 ValenciaD 0-0Champions League group stage
2008/09 BarcelonaD 1-1Champions League semi-final (lost on away goals)
2009/10 Atletico MadridW 4-0Champions League group stage
2011/12 ValenciaW 3-0Champions League group stage
2011/12 BarcelonaW 1-0Champions League semi-final (won 3-2 on agg)
2013/14 Atletico MadridL 1-2Champions League semi-final (lost 1-3 on agg)
Our Champions League record
Group posRound reached
2005/062ndRound of 16
2009/101stRound of 16
2012/133rdGroup stage
2014/151stRound of 16
2015/161stRound of 16

Chelsea’s past six games

5 Nov - Manchester United (h) - W 1-0


18 Nov - West Bromwich Albion (a) - W 4-0

22 Nov - Qarabag (a) - W 4-0

25 Nov - Liverpool (a) - D 1-1

29 Nov - Swansea (h) - W 1-0


2 Dec - Newcastle (h) - W 3-1

2017/18 scorers

Morata 10, Hazard 8 (2 pens), Batshuayi 7, Willian 4, Alonso 3, Pedro 3, Azpilicueta 2, Bakayoko 2, David Luiz 2, Fabregas 2 (1 pen), Rudiger 2, Kante 1, Kenedy 1, Moses 1, C Musonda Jr 1, Zappacosta 1, own goals 1


European games since

A home win: 1

A home draw: 0

A home defeat: 2

Chelsea's next three games


West Ham v Chelsea 

Premier League

Saturday 9 December


Huddersfield v Chelsea

Premier League

Tuesday 12 December






Chelsea v Southampton

Premier League

Saturday 16 December






Major trophies 

10 La Liga championships, last in 2014

10 Copa del Rey’s, last in 2013

2 Supercopa de Espana in 1985 and 2014

2 UEFA Europa Leagues 2010 and 2012

2 UEFA Super Cups in 2010 and 2012

1 European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1962

1 Intercontinental Cup in 1975


Atletico have reached the European Cup final on three occasions, twice in the last four seasons. In 1974 they lost 0-4 to Bayern Munich in a replay after a 1-1 draw two days earlier. They lost 1-4 after extra-time in 2014 and on penalties after extra-time in 2016, both against rivals Real Madrid.

The Madrid club have reached the Champions League quarter-finals or better in each of the past four seasons.

Diego Simeone’s team had a six-game unbeaten run against Premier League teams ended by Chelsea on Matchday Two.

Atletico have tasted defeat only once this season in 21 games in all competitions. That was against the Blues on Matchday 2.

Atletico have managed three victories in their past 11 Champions League away matches.

Atletico’s away games against English teams in UEFA competition
1961/62LeicesterD 1-1Cup Winners’ Cup 2nd Rd - 1st leg (agg: 3-1)
1974/75DerbyD 2-2UEFA Cup 2nd Rd - 1st leg (agg: 4-4 - 6-7 pens)
1991/92Man UtdD 1-1Cup Winners’ Cup 2nd Rd - 2nd leg (agg: 4-1)
1997/98LeicesterW 2-0UEFA Cup 1st Rd - 2nd leg (agg: 4-1)
1997/98Aston VillaL 1-2UEFA Cup quarter-final - 2nd leg (agg: 2-2)
2007/08BoltonL 0-1UEFA Cup Rd of 16 - 1st leg (agg: 0-1)
2008/09LiverpoolD 1-1Champions League group stage
2009/10ChelseaL 0-4Champions League group stage
2009/10LiverpoolL 1-2Europa League semi-final - 2nd leg (agg: 2-2)
2013/14ChelseaL 1-3Champions League semi-final - 2nd leg (won 3-1 on agg)
2016/17Leicester CityD 1-1Champions League quarter-final - 2nd leg (won 2-1 on agg)

Ten-year European record

2007/08              UEFA Cup – round of 32

2008/09              Champions League – round of 16

2009/10              Europa League winners (having transferred from the Champions League group stage)

2010/11              Europa League group stage

2011/12              Europa League winners

2012/13              Europa League round of 32

2013/14              Champions League runners-up

2014/15              Champions League quarter-finals

2015/16              Champions League runners-up

2016/17              Champions League semi-finals

Champions League Group C
12 SepRoma (a)D 0-0
27 SepChelsea (h)L 1-2
18 OctQarabag (a)D 0-0
31 OctQarabag (h)D 1-1
22 NovRoma (h)W 2-0
05 DecChelsea (a)

Champions League scorers

Griezmann 2 (1 pen), Gameiro 1, Partey 1


2017/18 scorers

Carrasco 3, Correa 3, Griezmann 3, Koke 2, Filipe Luis 1, Gimenez 1, Party 1


Champions League games since

An away win: 4

An away draw: 0

An away defeat: 2

La Liga table top six
3Atlético Madrid141630
4Real Madrid141428


Referee Danny Makkelie, his assistant referees and additional assistant referees, are all from the Netherlands. He has taken charge of one previous Chelsea match, a 6-0 victory at home to Maribor. 


There are no suspensions.

Booking list
Up to the semi-finals stage, any player accruing three yellow cards will serve a one-match Champions League suspension.

Chelsea: Alonso 1, Bakayoko 1, Cahill 1, David Luiz 1

Atletico Madrid: Filipe Luis 1, Griezmann 1, Partey 1, Torres 1


- Visit later for part two of the Briefing