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Atletico Madrid v Chelsea LIVE commentary and team news: Champions League big guns face off in Bucharest tonight

Chelsea kick-off their Champions League knockout stage tonight with a tricky clash against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

The Blues topped Group E ahead of Sevilla before Christmas and have impressed since Thomas Tuchel took charge.

Atletico Madrid and Chelsea face off in the Champions League tonight

But the German will now face his biggest test to date when he pits his Chelsea side against Atletico.

The Spaniard were runners-up to Bayern Munich in Group A but are top of their league.

They have only won one of their last four which could give Chelsea confidence but facing Diego Simeone’s men is also difficult.

These two last met in the group stage of the 2017/18 Champions League campaign. Chelsea won 2-1 in Spain before a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea: How to listen

This last-16 first-leg tie will get under way at 8pm on Tuesday, February 23.

Full coverage from the Arena Nationala in Bucharest will be live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 7pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will be your host and commentary will come from Sam Matterface and Danny Mills.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

App iPhone – Download from the Apple store

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Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731

Chelsea face a tough test against Atletico Madrid tonight
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Atletico Madrid v Chelsea: Team news

Atletico Madrid will be without Jose Gimenez, Sime Vrsaljko and Yannick Carrasco.

Hector Herrera will also miss out having recently tested positive for Covid-19.

Star attackers Luis Suarez and Joao Felix should both start for the La Liga leaders.

Chelsea will be without Thiago Silva for the tie but have a clean bill of health otherwise.

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are both fit again and could feature.

Jorginho, Ben Chilwell and Olivier Giroud did not start at the weekend so may come into the eleven.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea: What has been said?

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has heaped praise on Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel ahead of the tie.

“We just have to make a good game against a very big team, with a new coach, a very big coach and an important one that did his job everywhere he went to,” Simeone said.

“Chelsea is a very strong club, they develop every time and every year. They bring a lot of new players and invest in young players.

“When they didn’t see the investment and it didn’t pay, they had that change. They brought Tuchel but it is a really big team and since he came he put a good change in the numbers.

“Just look at what players they have at goalkeeper, at striker and everyone who is on the bench can very well play in any team in Europe.”

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