Chris Sutton has called Chelsea a “team full of nice boys” and claimed they will need to toughen up if they want to beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
The Blues discovered on Monday that they will face Spanish giants Atletico in the last-16 of the Champions League, with the European competition resuming in February.
Frank Lampard’s side do have the benefit of the second leg being played at Stamford Bridge, but arguably picked out the toughest draw against an experienced opponent.
Sutton did side with Chelsea in his prediction for the European tie, but pointed out the threats that Atletico have and suggested a weakness to the Blues.
“The toughest tie that any of the English sides have been handed,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.
“With Diego Costa and Luiz Suarez, there is plenty of bite to this Atletico Madrid team – no pun intended – while Frank Lampard has a team full of nice boys. A spot of nastiness might be needed against Atletico.”
It’s a fair point that Chelsea do have a wave of young players in their ranks, who could find it difficult against a battle-hardened Atletico XI.
There is perhaps some lightweight options in areas of the pitch, but they have their own powerhouses that will relish the prospect of facing an Atletico team renowned for their physicality and work-rate.
Blues academy star Reece James loves one-on-one individual duels, plus there are the likes of Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud that won’t shy away.
One man that is perhaps the most important when it comes to the Champions League campaign is Thiago Silva, who has so much experience from his time with Paris Saint-Germain and is the type of leader required to go deep into the competition.