‘We know Chelsea very well’ – Atletico’s skipper says

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Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have met multiple times in European competitions over the past decade.

In 2012’s UEFA Super Cup, Atletico won the game 4-1, with a certain Radamel Falcao hitting a hat-trick to destroy Chelsea’s defence.

Back in 2014, both sides met in the Champions League semi-final, as Diego Simeone’s side defeated Chelsea 3-1 on Chelsea’s home soil to make it to the final, after a goalless draw in the first leg.

In 2017 under Antonio Conte, Chelsea got the better result, with a 2-1 away victory and a 1-1 home draw in the Champions League group stage that sent Atletico crashing from the competition.

Atletico Madrid skipper Koke, has admitted that he knows the Chelsea side very well and is expecting a difficult battle with the Blues.

“We have met in several finals, in Champions League groups, in semi-finals,” the Atletico Madrid captain told the club’s official website.

“We are two teams that know each other very well but that is past. In the end, what counts is what we do in this tie and we know the opponent we face.

“They come with a new coach and a change in dynamic and with good results. ‘We have to do things very well if we want to win this tie.”

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