Chelsea legend predicts ‘very tough’ first leg at Atletico Madrid
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin warns the Blues that they are in for a very tough assignment against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday
Chelsea can expect a very tough first leg at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night, according to Pat Nevin.
Jose Mourinho’s men take on the Spanish leaders fresh from their surprise 2-1 loss to the Premier League’s basement club Sunderland on Saturday.
We have a manager who has been there, done it and seen it as far as anything the European and Spanish game can throw at us
Chelsea have lost three of their last four games away from Stamford Bridge, whilst Los Rojiblancos boast a 100 per cent record at Vicente Calderon in this season’s Champions League.
“For anyone who has not watched them regularly, particularly in the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, they are a sight to behold as coach Diego Simeone drives his team and, just as impressively, the fans on to ever more impressive and improbable feats,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.
“They haven’t lost in the league at home so far this season, they have only lost one goal in their last 12 hours in La Liga and they have the superb Diego Costa at the front of the team with our own incredible Thibaut Courtois at the back.
“To be blunt, it is going to be very tough over there.”
He added: “Fortunately we have a few things in our favour too; generally our defence is pretty darn good as well.
“There is plenty of European top-level experience in the squad, more than Atletico for sure. We have the luxury of having the second leg at The Bridge, which is always an advantage.
“We also have a manager who has been there, done it and seen it as far as anything the European and Spanish game can throw at us. Atletico will hold absolutely no surprises for the former Real Madrid coach, that’s for sure.”