UCL Preview: Chelsea can’t park bus for another 90 against Atletico Madrid


Matthew Levine
Staff Writer

Chelsea’s negative tactics in the opening leg worked like a charm. The Blues left Madrid with a 0-0 scoreline, setting up a chance to move to the final back at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will be without a few key players. Petr Cech is ruled out with a dislocated shoulder he suffered in the first leg. John Terry is also a doubt with an ankle injury, along with Eden Hazard (calf) and Samuel Eto’o (knee). Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel also miss out after yellow card accumulation.

Jose Mourinho parked the bus against Atletico in the first leg and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the bus is parked again at the outset of the second leg. Chelsea will not want to be negative for the entirety of the 90 minutes, but could very well use that tactic for the opening 45 minutes in an attempt to frustrate the visitors and shield their losses.

When Chelsea do set out to attack, and if Eto’o is not fit, the onus could very well fall on either Fernando Torres or Andre Schurrle — or both — to spark the Blues forward.

Diego Costa, with his seven goals in the competition, will be the key man for Atletico. He will get help from Gabi and Raul Garcia, who have four goals in the competition.

Although Chelsea’s tactics in the first leg took some sting out of the game, they will not be able to do that for the full 90 minutes this time around — especially at home. It should end up as an open and entertaining game, especially late in the second half. With Chelsea potentially missing a few key players, the visiting side may just have a slim advantage.

Here are highlights from their last encounter:

Atletico vs Chelsea 0-0 Highlights & All Goals… by fbtv247

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