The qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League 2017/2018 edition is guaranteed, but Chelsea still struggles to stay in the top spot of Group C on Tuesday, December 5th. In Stamford Bridge, London, the team welcomes Atletico Madrid. The game complements the sixth and final round of the group stage of the continental competition. It begins at 17:45 (Brasília time).
The English, with ten points, are in the lead. They are followed by Rome, who has eight, and will face Qarabag at the same time. Atlético, with six, still fights for the second place with the Italians. The Azerbaijan team, with two points, is eliminated.
Chelsea’s recent performance
The first placement gives a theoretical advantage to the teams. Avoid, in the next phase, the cross with a group champion. However, this may not be a big deal. After all, the draw could put Chelsea ahead of a runner-up like Real Madrid, current two-time Champions League champion, or even Juventus, the runner-up of continental competition last season.
This lack of greater motivation can even make coach Antonio Conte choose to preserve some of his most important and worn out players. The coach has already complained about the lack of greater options in some sectors. In addition, the team faces a local classic on Sunday, December 9, for the English Championship. You will face West Ham.
Faced with a rival in the relegation zone, the victory is considered fundamental to be able to stay in the fight to reach the bicampeonato of the Premier League. On Saturday, December 2, also at Stamford Bridge, the Blues defeated Newcastle 3-1. With 35 points (ten wins, two draws and three losses) they are in third place. They have 11 points less in comparison to Manchester City, leading, and three of disadvantage compared to Manchester United, runner-up.
Conte’s relay options are not many, especially since three athletes are in the care of the medical department and are unlikely to be released. They are the defender David Luiz (eight games in the English Championship 2017/2018, one goal); and socks Kenedy (without performances) and Charly Musonda (two games, no goal). The British defend an undefeated six-game series. It was five wins and a draw in the period.
The current form of Atletico Madrid
The Spanish team shows an even bigger list of games without defeat. It adds 13 matches. It was six wins and seven draws. It started just after the 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Spanish capital in the first round of the Champions League.
The disastrous beginning in the tournament left the club in a difficult situation. Even the win may not be enough for him to get second place in the group and the berth in the Round of 16. In order to get there, he must still hope for the stumbling of Rome at home, in front of the eliminated Qarabag. The only consolation is that regardless of what happens Atlético have, at worst, secured the right to play the Europa League in the second half of the season.
On Saturday, December 2, at home, the team beat Real Sociedad by 2 to 1, assuming in isolation the third place in the Spanish Championship and approaching the leaders. With 30 points (eight wins and six draws) he is six behind Barcelona, leader, and one at a disadvantage in comparison with Valencia, vice-leader.
To face the English, coach Diego Simeone has only one doubt to define his lineup. Defender Juanfran (eight games in the Spanish league, no goal) is undergoing muscular injury treatment that took him out of the last four matches. Most likely it will not be related to the confrontation in London.
History of the games between Chelsea and Atletico MadridThe teams list six clashes throughout history. There were two wins for each side and two draws. In the first round of the current edition of the Champions League, Chelsea won 2-1 in the Spanish capital.
As Roma take advantage in the right confrontation, the draw may not be enough to guarantee the lead of the key to Chelsea, but difficult to imagine that the team was motivated by the opportunity to be champion of the group and face teams like Real Madrid and Juventus in the next stage. So you’re more likely not to push yourself so hard in the game. That way, equality ends up being a good betting option. It has a price of 3.50 in Rivalo. Victory of the owners of the house doubles the capital and visitor success multiplies the investment by 3.60.