Chelsea take to the pitch for the third time in seven days on Tuesday on the last matchday of the Champions League’s group stages. The Blues are assured of a spot in the knockout round already, but top spot in the group is still up for grabs. A win for Chelsea keeps us in first, and makes for a slightly more advantageous draw for the Round of 16. It doesn’t guarantee an “easy” draw by any means, but it does open a few “easier” possibilities than PSG or Barcelona.
For Atlético, it’s do or die and they need help from Qarabag as it is. If Roma win at home against the Champions of Azerbaijan, they are into the knockout rounds as well and Atlético drop into the Europa League. If Roma fail to win, Atlético have a chance. These two matches will be happening concurrently, so Atléti are likely to come out firing.
Antonio Conte rotated back to what is basically the first-choice selection at the moment for the 3-5-2 on Saturday against Newcastle, with Eden Hazard, Cesc Fàbregas, and Andreas Christensen taken off towards the end, presumably to rest them a bit for Tuesday. Then again, Tuesday’s game matters just a bit less than any of Chelsea’s Premier League games at the moment, even with the possibility of not finishing top of the group still in play.
Chelsea will face West Ham on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium before another short turnaround sees the Blues travel up to Huddersfield on Tuesday.