Chelsea vs Atl. Madrid Champions League Live Football Score 23 Feb 2021
Chelsea will take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on Tuesday night, with the fixture being held in Romania due to coronavirus protocols over travel.
- The overall head-to-head between Atletico and Chelsea in European competition is perfectly balanced, with two wins each, three draws and 11 goals each.
- Atletico prevailed in their only previous Champions League knockout tie with Chelsea in the 2013-14 semi-finals (3-1 on aggregate).
- Atletico have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. Meanwhile, Chelsea will attempt to progress past the round of 16 for the first time since the 2013/14 campaign (semi-finalists).
- Simeone has never lost a home match as Atletico manager in the knockout stages of the Champions League (Won nine, drawn four).
- Atletico have only conceded one goal in their last 12 Champions League knockout ties at their Vicente Calderon/Wanda Metroplitano stadiums, that was against city rivals Real Madrid in May 2017 (2-1).
- Atletico scored only seven goals in six games in this season’s group stages, the lowest tally amongst the 16 remaining sides in the competition.
- Suarez has never failed to score or deliver an assist in a Champions League campaign – this is his eighth season in the tournament. He is so far goalless and assist-less in his four games with the Madrid side in 2020/21.
- Chelsea are the last team to beat Atletico on their own turf in European competition – it was in September 2017, Atletico’s first European match at their new Wanda Metroplitano stadium (1-2).
- Chelsea were trailing for a grand total of four minutes during this season’s Champions League group stages, less than any other side. Also, only Manchester City (one) conceded fewer goals than the London side (two) in the group phase.
- Chelsea were one of only four teams to win all three of their away games in this season’s group stages, alongside Atalanta, Barcelona and Juventus; they also scored more goals on the road than any other side (10). However, their last away win in the knockout stages of the competition dates back to March 2012 against Benfica (1-0).
- Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud found the net every 28 minutes in the Champions League group stages this season (five goals in 142 minutes), the best ratio of any player to score more than one goal.
- Of keepers to play at least three Champions League games this season, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy has the best save percentage in the competition (94%), only conceding from one of the 16 shots on target he has faced so far.
The match is technically Atletico’s home leg despite the fact that it is not taking place in Spain, with the reverse fixture due to take place in London in the middle of March.Atletico remain in charge of the La Liga title race, sitting three points clear of second-placed Real Madrid at the summit with a game in hand, but Diego Simeone’s side will enter this match off the back of a shock 2-0 home defeat to Levante, and they have actually only won one of their last four matches.
The Madrid giants were not at their best in the group stages of this season’s Champions League, winning just two of their six Group A fixtures, but a total of nine points was enough to see them advance to this stage.Atletico overcame Liverpool at this stage of the 2019-20 competition but surprisingly lost 2-1 to RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals; the Red and Whites have actually reached the last eight or better in five of their last seven Champions League campaigns and will be confident of overcoming Chelsea.
The La Liga club have reached two Champions League and three Europa League finals in the last 11 seasons, meanwhile, and have been victorious in nine of their 11 two-legged knockout contests with English teams.Tuesday’s contest in Romania will be the first time that they have locked horns with Chelsea since the group stages of the 2017-18 Champions League, with the English club winning 2-1 in Madrid before the points were shared in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea, meanwhile, comfortably progressed to the last-16 stage of the tournament, finishing top of Group E having picked up 14 points from their six games against Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes.
The Blues also progressed to the round of 16 last season but were comfortably beaten 7-1 by eventual winners Bayern Munich, while they have only actually won five of their last 11 matches in this competition