Chelsea face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in our final Champions League group match.
The task for Antonio Conte’s men is clear – defeat their Spanish counterparts and they will progress to the knockout-stages of the competition.
In our last group stage game we brushed aside Qarabag on their own turf. Atletico defeated AS Roma, meaning we regained our spot at group leaders; but with a catch.
Atleti’s triumph meant that they still have hope, albeit faint, of avoiding the Europa League and progressing to the latter stages of the Champions League. They have to win at Stamford Bridge to have any chance of doing so.
Diego Simeone’s men, who have developed somewhat of reputation for being reserved and compact, will have to throw the kitchen sink at us in this one, else they will find themselves relegated to Europe’s second tier competition.
Conte is unlikely to pull any punches either. Here’s how we expect the Italian will lineup his Chelsea team for the game.
A few notable omissions…
Victor Moses featured against Newcastle at the weekend after a long-term injury lay-off. We don’t imagine that Conte will risk him in this one so soon after his return to action.
Tiemoue Bakayoko only made a brief cameo in the 3-1 victory and will be fresh for this one, while Gary Cahill also sat out and will presumably be drafted back into the side.