In the second part of their preview to Chelsea's second appearance in the Super Cup, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at the way the teams may play and the figures behind the fixture…
Both sides arrive in good shape. Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, while Atlético lie sixth in the Primera División, unbeaten so far and having whacked bottom club Athletic Bilbao 4-0 on Monday evening. But only one of the last eight UEFA Super Cup winners has gone on to win their domestic title.
Fernando Torres will face his club at which he was an icon for the first time since leaving for Liverpool in 2007. He is in a fine run of form, with three goals in four matches. His instant understanding with new man Eden Hazard has given the previous relationship with fellow Spaniard Juan Mata extra flexibility, which makes the Blues less predictable in the final third than sometimes previously.
That is maybe one of the reasons Chelsea have extended the club record for penalties scored in successive matches at the start of a league season to three this campaign; previously it was one.
In Diego Simeone's usual 4-2-3-1 (he has used a back three with wing-backs in full-back Filipe's absence recently) the task of dealing with that triangular threat through the centre falls to deep-lying midfielders Mario Suárez and skipper Gabriel Fernandez, and South American centre-backs Diego Godín and Joao Miranda. The rojiblanco mark zonally, not man-for-man, which may offer space for the Blues quick interplay to exploit.
Midfielder Emre Belözoglu is one of several familiar faces in the Atléti line-up. While at Galatasaray he played all 90 minutes of the Londoners' stunning 5-0 victory at on Gala's Ali Sami Yen stadium in October 1999. (Roberto Di Matteo, a Chelsea player back then, missed the game through injury.)
It is no.10 Arda Turán who usually links most effectively with danger man Radamel Falcao in Diego Simeone's side - another big challenge for John Mikel Obi, who played so well against Newcastle. One of the best finishers in world football, Falcao will be well aware that John Terry is suspended following his red card during last season's epic 2-2 draw at Camp Nou. The David Luiz/Gary Cahill partnership will be confident having shut out the prolific Magpies strikeforce last weekend.
Frank Lampard was rested for that league match and may well return to captain the side tonight for the first time since the final in Munich last May. Since Simeone's side tend to play on the counter attack Lampard's ability to find the breakthrough could be crucial - he is just five short of Kerry Dixon's 193 goals. Suarez's diligence in spotting and blocking Lampard's incisive passes from deep may also have an important bearing on the match.
Three players are unavailable for selection by Di Matteo. Marko Marin remains out with a hamstring injury and Yossi Benayoun is ill. John Terry is suspended while the manager opted to leave Florent Malouda in England.
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The Blues reached the UEFA Super Cup by beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time.
We lined up 4-2-3-1: Cech; Bosingwa, Cahill, D Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard (c); Kalou (Torres 83), Mata, Bertrand (73); Drogba.
Scorer Drogba (88). Shoot-out scorers: D Luiz, Lampard, Cole, Drogba.
Penalty save Cech. Shoot-out saves: Cech 2
Since our defeat at Napoli in the Round of 16 first leg in March we are unbeaten in Europe in six matches.
Chelsea's record against Spanish teams in European competition is won 15, drawn 11 and lost eight. In two-legged ties we have won four and lost six.
Chelsea are unbeaten in 15 games against Spanish opposition since 2006.
Roberto Di Matteo played in Chelsea's only previous Super Cup final in 1998. Eddie Newton was an unused sub. We qualified by beating Stuttgart in the European Cup Winners' Cup final in Stockholm and defeated the Champions League holders Real Madrid 1-0 with a Gus Poyet goal after 82 minutes.
Team (4-1-2-1-2) De Goey; Ferrer, Duberry, Lebœuf, Le Saux; Desailly; Wise (c), Babayaro; Di Matteo (Poyet 62); Zola (Laudrup 83), Casiraghi (Flo 89).
Chelsea's last ten years in Europe
2002/03 - Uefa Cup - first round
2003/04 - Champions League - semi-final
2004/05 - Champions League - semi-final
2005/06 - Champions League - round of 16
2006/07 - Champions League - semi-final
2007/08 - Champions League - runners-up
2008/09 - Champions League - semi-final
2009/10 - Champions League - round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League - quarter-final
2011/12 - Champions League - winners
|This season to date|
|Aug 12||Manchester City (Community Shield)||L 2-3|
|Aug 19||Wigan (a)||W 2-0|
|Aug 22||Reading (h)||W 4-2|
|Aug 25||Newcastle (h)||W 2-0|
Torres 3, Ivanovic 2, Lampard 2 (2 pens), Bertrand 1, Cahill 1, Hazard 1 (pen). Total 10.
|Chelsea's next three games|
|Sat 15 Sep||QPR away||3.00pm|
|Wed 19 Sep||Juventus home||7.45pm|
|Sat 22 Sep||Stoke City home||3.00pm|
If selected, Michael Essien will play his 50th Chelsea game in Europe.
9 Spanish League championships, last in 1996
9 Spanish Cups, last in 1996
1 Spanish Super Cup in 1985
2 UEFA Europa Leagues 2010 and 2012
1 UEFA Super Cup in 2010
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962
1 Intercontinental Cup in 1975
Last ten seasons in La Liga
2002/03 - 12th
2003/04 - 7th
2004/05 - 11th
2005/06 - 10th
2006/07 - 7th
2007/08 - 4th
2008/09 - 4th
2009/10 - 9th
2010/11 - 7th
2011/12 - 5th
Atlético qualified for the Super Cup by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in Bucharest. Falcao, with two, and Diego were their scorers.
The Spanish side have won their last 12 European matches since their last defeat against Udinese in last season's Europa League group stage.
They last played English opposition in the 2010 Europa League final when they beat Fulham 2-1.
Their overall record against English opposition is won 7, drawn 8 and lost 5.
Atletico Madrid won their previous Super Cup by beating Inter Milan 2-0 in 2010. José Antonio Reyes (62) and Sergio Agüero (83) were their scorers.
(4-2-3-1): De Gea; Ujfaluši, Perea, Godin, Dominguez; Assunção, Garcia; Reyes (Mérida 69), Forlan (Jurado 82), Simão (c) (Camacho 90+1); Agüero
Ten-year European record
2002/03 - Did not qualify
2003/04 - Did not qualify
2004/05 - Intertoto Cup - final
2005/06 - Did not qualify
2006/07 - Did not qualify
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
|This season to date|
|Aug 19||Levante (a)||D 1-1|
|Aug 27||Athletic Bilbao (h)||W 4-0|
|2012/13 La Liga table top six|
|5||Deportivo La Coruña||2||2||4|
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The referee is Damir Skomina from Slovenia. He was the official when we played Benfica at Stamford Bridge last season.
John Terry and Chelsea old boy Tiago are suspended (second of two) following their red cards in their semi-finals last season.