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Chelsea tipped for Champions League glory as Thomas Tuchel plan is bad news for Hakim Ziyech

Here’s all the news from around Stamford Bridge over the past 24 hours.

Chelsea tipped for Champions League glory

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick is backing Chelsea to “go far” in the UEFA Champions League this season following the appointment of Thomas Tuchel last month.

Despite next week’s round of 32 first-leg clash with an Atletico Madrid side who currently sit top of La Liga, Flick is confident that the Blues can progress in the competition this season.

“Chelsea have massive potential in terms of quality and quantity,” said Flick, in an interview with France Football. “It’s a young team with a lot of talent.

“They can go far in the Champions League this season. Thomas has gained experience at PSG that will benefit him at Chelsea.

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“He is ready for this challenge.”

Chelsea reached the last-16 of the Champions League last season before being knocked out by Flick’s Bayern, losing 7-1 on aggregate over the two legs.

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Atletico Madrid double boost

Speaking of Chelsea’s upcoming opponents in the Champions League, they were in action on Wednesday against Levante away from home.

It was one of Diego Simeone side’s games in hand and they were held to a 1-1 draw which extends their lead at the top of the La Liga table to six points.

But the good news for Atleti was the return of two key players.

João Félix was a second-half substitute for Atletico Madrid against Levante (Image: Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

José María Giménez has proved his fitness ahead of the Champions League clash vs Chelsea. (Image: Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Wonderkid Joao Felix was a second-half substitute following a period of self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, defender Jose Gimenez came through 90 minutes unscathed.

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