Antonio Conte’s men displayed fine form this weekend as Chelsea thrashed Stoke City 4-0 in the Premier League. Alvaro Morata scored his first hattrick for the Blues at the Bet365 Stadium. A stern test awaits for Conte’s men as they come up against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Both the sides are unbeaten in their last five games. Chelsea started their UCL campaign with a 6-0 victory over Qarabag. On the other hand, AS Roma held Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw on the same match day. Here is how Chelsea are expected to line up at the Wanda Metropolitano –
Thibaut Courtois is set to be Chelsea’s man in between the sticks. The Belgian International has been excellent for the Blues since arriving from his loan spell with Atletico Madrid three seasons ago.
David Luiz missed the game against Stoke City due to a 3-match suspension as he picked up a red against Arsenal the week prior to that. The Brazilian centre-back will make his way back into the starting XI for the mid-week fixture. Cahill and Azpilicueta will be on either side of Luiz to complete Conte’s back three.
Tiemoune Bakayoko could be given rest ahead of the crucial game against Manchester City. With Danny Drinkwater injured, Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante are likely to form the partnership in the middle of the park for the clash against Atletico.
According to reports, Zappacosta could be called upon by Antonio Conte for Wednesday’s clash. The Italian boss wants to minimize the injury risks and plans to rotate the squad in the Champions League fixture. Marcos Alonso has been amazing for the Blues this season and is tipped to start tomorrow.
Pedro could be given a rest for the mid-week clash. Eden Hazard is set to start the game against Atletico following his complete recovery from the injury he suffered in the summer.
Morata has been Conte’s key man this season. Scoring 6 goals in 6 PL appearances, the Italian boss will want the player to continue his form. Willian is likely to complete the forward line, giving Chelsea a pacey and clinical front three against Atletico Madrid.
Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata, Willian