Chelsea supporters showed no signs of fear after Diego Simeone announced that Joao Felix would start for Atletico Madrid against the Blues tomorrow night.

Madrid’s manager confirmed in his press conference that Felix would feature from the off at Stamford Bridge for the Champions League second-leg knockout clash.

The lucrative 21-year-old has been a substitute for three of Atletico’s last four La Liga games.

He hardly made an impact in the reverse fixture last month and Chelsea fans weren’t concerned Felix would do anything differently this time around.

Felix was rarely allowed to demonstrate the £113m (BBC Sport) worth of talent against Chelsea in Bucharest three weeks ago.

This was largely down to the defensive solidarity of Thomas Tuchel’s team, who silenced Madrid’s main attackers all evening.

Down the opposite end, Oliver Giroud proved his potency with a delightful bicycle kick that handed the Blues a crucial away goal.

Luis Suarez and his Portuguese side kick were snuffed out by Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea FC  - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg One
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – FEBRUARY 23: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea is challenged by Joao Felix of Atletico de Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea FC at National Arena on February 23, 2021 in Bucharest, Romania. Atletico Madrid face Chelsea FC at a neutral venue in Romania behind closed doors after Spain imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Tuchel may well look to fall upon this exact trio once more to fill up three centre-back slots.

It is a combination that has primarily been involved in 10 clean sheets out of a possible 12 under the German coach.

Simeone would be proud of this return, with his side only managing three shutouts since the turn of the year.

Atletico will need to come out fighting if they are to remain in Europe. Chelsea just needs to stay strong to keep their campaign going.

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