Chelsea has picked up a good run of form in recent victories at the Carabao cup and Premier league respectively. Chelsea’s strikers were in fine form, scoring hat-tricks in back to back victories.
This has seen them progress to the next round of the Carabao cup and maintains just a 3 point deficit from the top of the premier league table. With all this going for Chelsea, Antonio Conte has emphasized that great respect must be shown to Atletico Madrid a team that has a similar football philosophy with Chelsea.
Atletico Madrid concluded a deal with Chelsea to re-sign Diego Costa earlier on Tuesday, and Costa isn’t eligible to play for Atletico Madrid until January when Atletico’s transfer ban will be lifted, nevertheless the former Chelsea striker might be tempted to reveal Antonio Conte’s tactics in other for his side to pick up 3 vital points against Chelsea.
In other for Chelsea to win, the midfield duo of Kante and Bakayoko must break down passes fielded across to Antoine Griezman. The French winger is a great threat on the counter and any lackluster performance or error from the defense and Chelsea might be punished on the break, the battle clearly must be won in the midfield as Koke is a deadly link up player.
Hazard Return A Booster
Eden Hazard’s full return to the Chelsea starting line up has been marred by his early summer injury, but if he can find that menacing form he had last season, he could well create some chaos at the back for Atletico Madrid.
Overall Chelsea should maintain a solid 3-4-3 formation, defend tightly and have the ability to counter-attack menacingly when Atletico leaves cracks in their midfield on the break.
In summary, pace and tactical masterclass are required for Chelsea to pick up the vital 3 points away from home.