Should Chelsea play defensive or offensive football against Atletico Madrid?

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Chelsea have the advantage from the first leg meeting against Atletico Madrid, as the Blues defeated Diego Simeone’s side 1-0 away from home.

Chelsea only need a draw to get to the Champions League quarter finals, with the Blues currently unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel.

In his analysis of Wednesday night’s clash, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin pondered on whether Tuchel should play with a defensive or an offensive mindset, as the Blues need at least a draw to go through.

Tuchel wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Is it worth really going all out for it early on, to get that second goal and give Atletico Madrid the proverbial mountain to climb? With such a fantastic defensive record under Thomas Tuchel, he might be reticent about changing anything, specifically in terms of the 3-4-3 shape that has been so impenetrable to opposition forwards.

“Having said that, giving the upper hand to the visitors might not be the best policy either, even if it isn’t Diego Simeone’s renowned style to go gung ho away from home. It isn’t even his style at home when you consider the 6-3-1 formation they seemed to adopt most of the time in the first leg against us.

“Before the game, I will be just as interested in the opposition and how they line up as I am in Chelsea. In his short time in charge at the Bridge, Thomas Tuchel has already faced the tactical brilliance of Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Marcelo Bielsa, and now he has Diego Simeone for a second time. It has been like a who’s who of world-class coaches, with Pep Guardiola coming along soon enough to make up the set.”

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