Homework done! Tuchel ready for Simeone’s tactics

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Chelsea may have the advantage over Atletico Madrid, after a 1-0 victory away from home, and now need a draw to qualify for the quarter-final stage.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel know very well what to expect from Diego Simeone’s side, as he has hailed them as one of the hardest teams to beat in Europe.

Moreso, Tuchel has done his homework on the likely tactics that will be employed by Simeone at Stamford Bridge, and the German boss surely has his players ready for this game.

Tuchel said: “I believe every club has its DNA and with Diego Simeone, Atletico have become one of the toughest teams to beat in Europe over years and years,’ said the boss at his pre-match press conference earlier today.

“They rely on a disciplined, hard-working, super organised defence but at the same time they have incredible quality to attack and play a possession game. For me, it’s a very complete squad and you have to be aware of everything.

“I expect more or less the same match like in Bucharest. They have [Kieran] Tripper, [Jose] Gimenez and [Yannick] Carrasco back so that changes a little the structure and style of attacking because it gives them the freedom to attack with Carrasco and Trippier on the sides.

“It will be a big challenge for us, like in the first leg, but we did an amazing match there and we want to repeat the same performance to be able to go through.”

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