Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente has given Chelsea a reminder about what happened at Anfield a year ago ahead of their visit to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
With Chelsea having an away with in the bag, tonight will be a must win game for Atleti.
For the home side, all they have to do is to stop Diego Simeone’s men from scoring.
Chelsea should be confident in doing so considering their recent defensive record and the fact that Edouard Mendy did not face any shot on target in the first leg in Bucharest.
Atleti midfielder Llorente insisted that they have been overcome these difficult situations before.
“The team is eager, psyched up. Aware of the game ahead,” the Spain international told Atleti’s official website.
“It is crucial, we are working well and a good game will come out.
“We have played big games when things get ugly.
“We have to remember what we did [in the away game against] Liverpool, that we are capable of it.
“We are sure to go for it all and get the victory.”
Even most Chelsea fans would agree that pulling off a comeback to beat Liverpool 3-2 (4-2 agg) after being 2-0 down in extra time was incredible.
However, unlike Jurgen Klopp and his dedication to counter-pressing football, Thomas Tuchel has often opted for a more pragmatic approach at Chelsea.
As the former Paris Saint-Germain boss told Chelsea TV earlier this month, “If you can’t win, it’s important not to lose”.
It tells you where Tuchel’s priority lies — and it is evident in Chelsea’s 12-game unbeaten run under the manager.