Pat Nevin states his prediction for Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

Pat Nevin looks ahead to Chelsea's crunch Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Pat Nevin is expecting to see a “quality” game when Chelsea travel to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The west London side have been in good form so far this season following a stuttering start to the new campaign under Antonio Conte.

The Blues lost their opening Premier League game to Burnley back in August but have since been in good form and now find themselves in third place in the table and just three points behind joint leaders Manchester United and Manchester City.

Conte’s side now switch their attentions back towards Champions League affairs and their crunch clash with Atletico in Spain on Wednesday night.

Chelsea began their European campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

And former Chelsea winger Nevin believes that the stage is set for a thrilling encounter between the two sides in Spain on Wednesday night.

Nevin wrote on his blog on Chelsea’s website: “The Atletico game tomorrow should be of real quality, although I don’t think their fans like the word ‘Real’ in the same sentence as their name if at all possible.

“The good news for them is that they are well ahead of their city rivals in La Liga, much to everyone’s surprise.

“There are of course the likes of Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann in the squad, but it is loaded with quality throughout so maybe it should be no surprise they are still unbeaten this season to date.

“It is another classic case of Chelsea going abroad and hoping to come back unbeaten themselves, anything more than a draw in this game would be a huge bonus, which is not to say Antonio will not be scheming for just that.”

Chelsea will then switch their focus back to Premier League affairs and their crunch clash with Manchester City in the top flight at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.

The west London side are aiming to retain the Premier League title they won under Conte last season.

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