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Chelsea line up vs Atletico Madrid

There are four changes to the Chelsea side for tonight’s Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid.

Andreas Christensen returns in the heart of defence and Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in the team from the start at right wing-back.

Jorginho replaces N’Golo Kante in midfield and up front, Olivier Giroud comes in for Tammy Abraham. Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are on the bench, as is N'Golo Kante, who could make his 200th appearance for the club tonight. 

Marcos Alonso makes his first Champions League appearance of the season. 

Atletico make three changes to their weekend team. The injured Yannick Carrasco, Jose Gimenez and Sime Vrsaljko all miss out. In come Felipe, Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar. They are expected to line up in a 3-1-4-2 shape. 

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Giroud.

Subs: Kepa, Caballero, Zouma, Emerson, Chilwell, Gilmour, Kante, James, Ziyech, Pulisic, Havertz, Abraham.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Koke (c), Llorente, Lemar, Correa, Saul, Joao Felix, Suarez.

Subs: Grbic, San Roman, Renan Lodi, Kondogbia, Torreira, Vitolo, Camello, Dembele, Garcia, Sanchez.

Tonight's referee is Felix Brych from Germany. 


Stats recap

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 season's 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.

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