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UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Preview

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Monaco, Aug 31: European Champions Chelsea will take on Europa League holders Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup tie at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on Friday.

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The Spanish side Atletico will be aiming to lift the cup for the send time in three years while the Blues will look to repeat their heroics of 1998 when they beat Real Madrid.

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo featured in that sensational win in 1998 against the Spanish giants while Atletico will face their former captain striker Fernando Torres.

The Rojiblancos booked their place in the competition after thrashing Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in Bucharest. Chelsea sealed their spot after winning the Champions League for the first time in their history, beating Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties.

For the Blues, captain John Terry will miss out after being suspended for his red card against Barcelona in last season's Champions League semi-final. Veteran Frank Lampard is likely to wear the arm-band replacing midfielder Raul Meireles. David Luiz and Gary Cahill will start in the heart of the defence.

Impressive playmaker's Juan Mata and Eden Hazard will support lone striker Torres upfront while Ramirez, Oscar and Ryan Bertrand will fight for a start. New signings right-back Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses will start on the bench.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone is expected to retain the same line-up which thrashed Athletic Bilbao 4-0 at the weekend, marking a repeat of Europa League finals.

Rojiblancos' Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who scored a hat-trick against Bilbao, is in sublime form coming into this clash and pose a huge threat to the back-line.

Atletico goalkeeper Thibault Cortois, who was signed on loan from Chelsea, will start in front of goal.


*Atletico Madrid beat Inter Milan 2-0 in 2010 to lift UEFA Super Cup. Chelsea beat Real Madrid 1-0 in 1998, Roberto Di Matteo featured in that game for Chelsea.

*Fernando Torres was named Atletico Madrid's youngest captain at 19 and went on to score 84 times before moving to Liverpool in 2007.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid - Kick-Off 00:15 AM (IST) Stade Louis II, Monaco.

Probable Lineups:

Chelsea FC (4-2-3-1): Cech-Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole-Lampard, Mikel-Mata, Hazard, Oscar-Torres.

Atletico Madrid (4-2-3-1): Courtois-Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis-Suarez, Gabi-Koke, Turan, Rodriguez-Falcao.

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Story first published: Friday, August 31, 2012, 14:16 [IST]
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