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Who will replace Mount? How Chelsea could line up against Atletico

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side take a one-goal advantage into their clash with Atletico Madrid in the Last 16 of the Champions League.

 
9:31am on Tuesday 16th March 2021
By
Stefan Bienkowski

Thomas Tuchel will look to continue his impressive rebuild job at Chelsea on Wednesday when his side welcome Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie.

The Premier League side hold a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg, so Tuchel will have to ensure his side are rock solid in defence but still offer enough punch up front to keep Atletico at arm’s length for the duration of the game.

In defence the Chelsea manager may face some issues, with Thiago Silva remains a doubt and may need replaced in the centre of defence. If Tuchel is to revert back to his 3-4-3 formation, we’re likely to see a back line of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger in front of Edouard Mendy.

Naturally, this would then lead to Tuchel playing with two wing-backs in Marcos Alonso on the left and Reece James on the right. Red card suspensions to Jorginho and Mason Mount will also likely force Tuchel to go with a midfield pairing of N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

Up front, Tuchel will need to ensure his side have enough fire power and speed to hit Atletico on the break, so the Chelsea manager should stick with an improved Kai Havertz, alongside Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

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