Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea
That includes conceding just twice across the final four of those fixtures and in classic Diego Simone style, they ground their way above both Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Chelsea, on the other hand, were emphatic in their group with four wins from six unbeaten outings, easing past all of Krasnodar, Rennes and Sevilla. No doubt, the Blues were given a favourable group, but now under Thomas Tuchel, they’ll need to show what they’re all about.
They have had an impressive start to life under the new management, winning five of their seven unbeaten outings though, as the most impressive factor is that Takumi Minamino is the only opposition player to score against them over that period.
The Spanish outfit have had a slight slump this month with their solitary victory from their four outings coming against Granada, as Levante held the La Liga leaders to just one point from a possible six in their doubleheader last week.
That sees their lead at the head of the table reduced to only three points with a game in hand, and it seems the title race is back on, with local Madrid rivals on their tail.
The last time these two sides met came in the group stages back in 2017/18, with the Blues taking the proceedings at Wanda Metropolitano, while they drew when meeting in London.
It’ll be a little different this time around given we’re in the knockouts, not to mention the neutral venue will be Bucharest.
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