Chelsea may have already secured their place in the Champions League last 16 but the Blues’ work in Europe’s premier competitions is far from over.
Antonio Conte and his side welcome Atlético Madrid to Stamford Bridge this evening needing a win to ensure their place at the top of Group C. Fail to do so and they risk a nightmare draw in the last 16.
The way the group stages are panning out, and the fact that no team from the same country can face each other in the first knockout stage, means Chelsea could be left facing either Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain or a slightly easier tie against Beşiktaş come February.
Finishing as group winners could still mean taking on the likes of Real Madrid, but there are far more easier options. So ensuring the Blues defeat Diego Simeone’s side is vital.
Chelsea will once again be without David Luiz who is struggling to return to fitness because of a knee injury. The Brazilian had already lost his place in the side to Andreas Christensen and has been unable to challenge the Dane for the central spot in the back three.
Kylian Hazard, younger brother of Chelsea star Eden, trained with the first team ahead of the game but is unlikely to make the final 18-man match-day squad.
So with almost a fully-fit squad to choose from, who should Conte name in his starting XI?
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