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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea - the stats

The Champions League is back and ahead of our knockout tie with the side from Spain, we have numbers galore to prepare for kick-off...

Chelsea vs Atletico head to head

Chelsea and Atletico have played each other on seven previous occasions (six Champions League and one Super Cup) with each team winning twice.

Our previous meetings

2009/10 Champions League group stage
Home W 4-0
Away D 2-2

2012/13 Super Cup
Monaco L 1-4

2013/14 Champions League semi-final
Away D 0-0
Home L 1-3

2017/18 Champions League group stage
Away W 2-1
Home D 1-1

Our last away meeting with Atletico Madrid

Champions League Group C, Wanda Metropolitano, 27.09.17, 7.45pm

Atletico Madrid (4-3-3): Oblak; Juanfran, Godin (c), Lucas Hernandez, Filipe Luis; Saul, Partey (Gimenez 76), Koke; Correa (Gaitan 70), Griezmann, Carrasco (Torres 68)
Unused subs: Moya, Savic, Vietto, Gabi
Booked: Partey, Griezmann
Scorer: Griezmann 40 (pen)
Manager: Diego Simeone

Chelsea (3-5-2): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas (Christensen 85), Alonso; Morata (Batshuayi 81), Hazard (Willian 82)
Unused subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Pedro
Booked: David Luiz.
Scorers: Morata 59, Batshuayi 90+4
Manager: Antonio Conte

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
Attendance: 60,643

Atletico’s biggest home win in the Champions League

22/10/14 - Atletico 5-0 Malmo - group stage

Chelsea’s biggest away win in the Champions League

20/10/1999 - Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea - first group stage
25/11/2014 - Schalke 0-5 Chelsea - group stage

Chelsea stats

This is the sixth time the Blues have reached this phase of the competition in the last eight campaigns although we have lost at this stage in the last four, most recently going down 1-7 on aggregate to eventual winners Bayern Munich last season.

That loss in Munich is our only defeat in 14 European away matches (10 wins, three draws).

Our Champions League record in the round of 16 is eight wins and six defeats.

We have not won any of our last eight away Champions League matches in the knockout stages (four draws, four defeats) since a 1-0 win at Benfica in March 2012 in the quarter-final first leg.

Chelsea are looking to win four consecutive away games in the Champions League for the first time since a run of five between September 2003 and April 2004.

We are unbeaten in this seasons Champions League.

Chelsea have scored twice as many goals as Atletico Madrid in this season’s Champions League (14-7).

Chelsea have one defeat in our last 13 away matches against Spanish teams (four wins, eight draws). The loss was a 0-3 defeat to Barcelona in March 2018.

This will be only the second occasion Chelsea have played an away game in Europe in a neutral stadium in a different country. The other was against Turkish side Besiktas when the game was switched to Schalke’s stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, because of bomb attacks in Istanbul a few weeks earlier.

Our two previous matches at the Arena Nationala were both against Steaua Bucharest – a 1-0 defeat in the 2012/13 Europa League round of 16 first leg and a 4-0 victory in the Champions League group stage the following season.

Olivier Giroud scored every 28 minutes in this season’s Champions League group stages, the best ratio of any player to score more than one goal.

Giroud is our equal third all-time European scorer.

Chelsea’s top European scorers

Drogba 36, Lampard 25, Giroud 17, Torres 17, Osgood 16, Terry 13, Willian 13, Anelka 12, Flo 12, Hazard 12, Oscar 9, Zola 9, Gudjohnsen 8, Ivanovic 8.


If selected, N’Golo Kante will make his 200th appearance for the club. He will become the 25th overseas player to reach that milestone for Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid stats

Last season
La Liga - third
Copa del Rey - round of 16
Supercopa de Espana - runners-up
Champions League - quarter-finals
Top scorer all competitions: Alvaro Morata 16

This season 
La Liga - currently first
Copa del Rey - second round
Champions League - currently at the round of 16
Top scorer all competitions: Luiz Suarez 16 (all league)

In last season’s Champions League, Atletico Madrid finished second in their group behind Juventus. Atletico then eliminated holders Liverpool in the round of 16 but lost 2-1 against RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals in Lisbon.

Diego Simeone’s side have reached the quarter-finals in five of their past seven Champions League campaigns.

Atletico’s only defeat at home to English opposition in UEFA competition in 12 matches was against Chelsea in 2017/18.

That defeat to the Blues is their only defeat in their last 29 home European games (22 wins, six draws).

Atleti have been victorious in nine of their 11 two-legged knockout ties against English teams, including the last five; only Derby (1974/75 UEFA Cup) and Bolton (2007/08 UEFA Cup) have eliminated them.

Simeone has never lost a home match as Atletico Madrid manager in the knockout stages of the Champions League (nine wins, four draws).

Atletico have conceded one goal in their last 12 home Champions League knockout ties.

Atletico have conceded at least one goal in their last seven Liga games, their longest run without a league clean sheet under Simeone.

Their home defeat to Levante on Saturday was their second in La Liga since mid-December. Since February, Atletico have won five points from a possible 12 in the competition. They remain top of the league by three points over Real Madrid with a game in hand.

Since the start of the 2013/14 season (Diego Simeone’s first in the competition with Atletico), Atletico Madrid have kept a clean sheet in 40 of their 77 matches in the Champions League – more than any other side in this period.


Diego Simeone’s managerial record v Chelsea

Won 2
Drawn 2
Lost 1

Atletico’s matchday six line-up

Wednesday 9 December 2020
RB Salzburg 0 Atletico Madrid 2
Team 4-4-2: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Llorente (Renan Lodi 90), Saul (Herrera 64), Koke, Carrasco (Lemar 89); Suarez (Correa 64), Joao Felix (Torreira 89)
Booked: Simeone, Hermoso, Savic
Scorers: Hermoso 39, Carrasco 86

Atletico’s Champions League squad changes since the group stage

IN Moussa Dembele (Lyon, loan), Alvaro García, Geoffrey Kondogbia

OUT Borja Garces, Diego Costa (released), Ismael Gutierrez, Manu Sanchez (Osasuna, loan), Juan Sanabria (Zaragoza, loan), Ivan Saponjic (Cadiz, loan), German Valera


Atletico’s Kieran Trippier is suspended.

Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech, plus Atletico's Renan Lodi and Stefan Savic are a booking away from a one-match suspension in the competition.

In the Champions League, three yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.

Champions League bookings list

Atletico Madrid: Renan Lodi 2, Savic 2, Hermoso 1, Herrera 1, Koke 1, Llorente 1, Saul 1, Suarez 1, Torreira 1.

Chelsea: Jorginho 2, Kovacic 2, Mount 2, Ziyech 2, Azpilicueta 1, Chilwell 1, Kante 1, Pulisic 1.


Referee and VAR

Referee: Felix Brych from Germany
VAR: Marco Fritz from Germany
Chelsea have won three of our four Champions League matches handled by Brych, two of them on the way to becoming London’s first winners of the competition in 2011/12.