Atletico Madrid’s poor form continues ahead of Chelsea Champions League clash as they struggle against Levante twice in a week February 21, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Atletico Madrid head into their Champions League clash with Chelsea amid a poor run of results.
Diego Simeone’s side have led LaLiga for a number of weeks as Real Madrid and Barcelona faltered but have seen their lead cut to just six points.
Atletico suffered their first home league defeat since December 2019 as they were beaten 2-0 by Levante on Saturday.
Jose Luis Morales scored in the first half before Jorge de Frutos netted a second late on after goalkeeper Jan Oblak came up for a corner.
It was the second time Atletico had failed to beat Levante in the space of just three days having drawn to them on Wednesday.
Simeone’s side also dropped points against Celta Vigo at the start of the month as their form has stuttered.
It will no doubt be a boost for Chelsea heading into the game with the Blues unbeaten in the first six games of Thomas Tuchel’s reign at the club.
They preserved their unbeaten record as they drew 1-1 with Southampton on Saturday.
The Champions League game with Atletico on Tuesday will be played at the Arena Naţională in Bucharest, Romania.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said his old side will need to be wary of the threat from the Spanish club.
“Atlético are always difficult opponents; in this season’s Liga they have been performing really well and consistently,” Cech said.
“They have a coach who plays his own way, the players buy into it and they work hard as a team.”