Atletico Madrid have to win tonight in order to progress to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
The side currently sit third in Group C having won just one of their five previous matches. Diego Simeone’s men are on an unbeaten run in La Liga with just six points separating them and leaders Barcelona.
They will be looking to Antonie Griezmann to provide the goals yet again, in this do or die affair. The 26-year-old forward was their saviour over the weekend as he scored late to secure a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.
Chelsea on the other hand, are looking to extend their unbeaten run in this season’s Champions League group stages.
The Blues came out victorious when the sides met at The Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in September. Antonio Conte will be looking to Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata to do the double over the side who are hoping to move into second with a win.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017
Barcelona is the other Spanish side which will be involved in a Champions league game on Tuesday. They will be facing a difficult Sporting Lisbon side at the Camp Nou.
The Catalan side hasn’t lost a game in almost four months, they have a five-point lead at the top of La Liga , and they already won their Champions League group with a game to spare after the draw with Juventus in match day 5.
But recently, they have only managed a win in their last four games, with the other three being draws. Also, they now have a depleted defence department and that will leave manager, Ernesto Valverde something to worry about.
Ordinarily, this should be a friendly game for Barcelona where they’ll experiment and rest players ahead of tough December fixtures. But cules around the world will like to see their side back to winning ways, and for them to do that against this Sporting side — who gave them all manner of troubles in the first leg, and still stand a chance of qualifying from the group, they will be needing to put out their best side.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 5, 2017
Real Madrid have already relinquished any chance of winning group H, sitting three points behind the fantastic Spurs and with a worse head to head record. They have, however, secured qualification to the knockout rounds thanks to the dismal showing put on by Borussia Dortmund.
They face Dortmund on Wednesday, who haven’t won a single group game so far, and their only two points came from disappointing draws against APOEL. This means APOEL are level on points with them and do have a slim chance of leapfrogging BVB to a Europa League spot.
Real Madrid certainly haven’t been at their best this season. They have only won three of their last eight games in all competitions. They have conceded nine goals in these eight games. Their attacking talents are firing in Champions league, but struggling in their domestic league.
Cristiano Ronaldo stands a chance of setting two UCL records if he scores tomorrow night — becoming the first player to score in all six UCL group stage games and overtaking Lionel Messi as the UCL group stage all time highest goal scorer.
Real Madrid will also want to earn some pride back after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Bilbao over the weekend, so they will be expecting a win.
🔙 @marcoasensio10 trained with the rest of the group this morning!
Our preparations are underway for Wednesday's visit of @BVB.
— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) December 4, 2017
The other game involving a Spanish side on Wednesday sees Sevilla being hosted by Maribor. Sevilla (8) are second in group E and just a point behind group leaders, Liverpool (9) who face Spartak Moskva (6).
On paper, Sevilla should get an easy win on Wednesday and hope things go their way in the other fixture to qualify for the knock-out stages as leaders of group E.
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) December 5, 2017