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Chelsea do have important advantage over Atletico Madrid despite Southampton draw

Chelsea have an important advantage over Atletico Madrid heading into their crunch Champions League clash in Romania on Tuesday night.

The Blues are set to make a trip to Bucharest for the first leg of their last-16 showdown with Diego Simeone’s men, who currently sit three points clear at the top of La Liga with a game-in-hand to play.

They have only lost two league matches all season, with the second coming at home to Levante on Saturday.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have suffered six defeats in the Premier League and currently sit two points adrift of the top four in fifth place.

Chelsea have an important advantage over Atletico Madrid heading into their crunch Champions League clash in Romania on Tuesday night
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Having sacked Frank Lampard last month, they are still adjusting to the new methods and strategies of his successor Thomas Tuchel, meaning Atletico will be expected to progress to the quarter-finals when they meet in the last-16.

However, one big advantage the west London club have over their Spanish counterparts is the amount of games they have played over the last week.

Their last-16 clash in Bucharest will be Atletico’s third game in seven days, with Diego Simeone’s men playing out a 1-1 draw with Levante last Wednesday

Tuchel’s men were last in action on Saturday afternoon away at Southampton, where they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw.

Before that outing, they were afforded five days’ rest following a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle last Monday.

Yet the same cannot be said for Atletico, who played out a La Liga double header with Levante on Wednesday and Saturday.

They then slumped to their first home defeat of the season against the same opposition on Saturday

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