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Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid, Champions League: Half-time report

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Chelsea FC v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Gary Cahill, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta were all restored to the Chelsea starting XI with Antonio Conte’s men all but through to the round of 16 as group leaders. The Blues lined up in a 3-5-2 with Zappacosta playing as left wing-back and thus finally allowing Marcos Alonso an opportunity to sit a game out. Atletico deployed their standard 4-4-2 featuring Antoine Griezmann (and his terrible hair) and former Chelsea man, Fernando Torres leading the line.

The match has been a rather dull affair for the most part, as it tends to be when Atletico are involved, with the only real attempts on goal coming from the home side. Alvaro Morata had two efforts denied by Jan Oblak, while Eden Hazard has been making his mazy runs through the Atletico defence and had a decent chance to score from a Victor Moses cross, but fluffed his lines. The ever-zealous Davide Zappacosta has had a couple of shots from outside the box as well, one of which forced a save from Oblak.

Not the most eventful half, but smooth sailing at the very least. On to the next 45!