Why Chelsea's clash with Atletico Madrid is a derby of sorts
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea share a common reason to upset history and wind up in a swarmed neighbourhood commercial centre where Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Tottenham have customarily administered the perch over eras.
The last few seasons have seen quite a few transfers involving the two clubs – Fernando Torres, Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa spring to mind – and five match-ups in Europe, of which Chelsea have managed just one win.
The two clubs have utilised diverse strategies to ensure success. Atletico named a compulsive worker in Diego Simeone in 2011 and enabled him to build a group using his own philosophy. Chelsea have gone down the Roman Abramovich well-to-do course with steadiness in the meeting room yet not the director's office.
That has by and large functioned admirably, with five Premier League titles including one double and the Champions League and Europa League. Wednesday night's conflict in the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium will be captivating as Simeone got the better of Roberto di Matteo and Jose Mourinho in the past and is by all accounts softening up Antonio Conte for the cap trap.
'A group brimming with phenomenal players,' Simeone has wondered about Chelsea in the development. Positively Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata, and Tiemoue Bakayoko are top drawers. However, keeping in mind that we overlook Atletico have Antoine Griezmann, Koke, and ostensibly the world's best safeguard Diego Godin, so they won't have the feeling of inadequacy.
From the stands, Costa will watch having quite recently sealed a move back to the Spanish capital after at first leaving Atletico for Chelsea in 2014. The clash between Atletico and Chelsea began so well for the Londoners with a 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge amid the gathering phases of the 2009-10 Champions League. Frank Lampard was on the scoresheet, however, the emerging player that night was Salomon Kalou, who scored twice.
Be that as it may, Chelsea hasn't beaten their enemy since. The the following game finished 2-2 in Madrid and when they next met, in the 2012 European Super Cup, Atletico won 4-1 in Monaco with a cap trap from Radamel Falcao.
By at that point, Simeone was in control and on his way to unprecedented success with the club. After two months, Di Matteo's contract was terminated by Abramovich. Their latest clash was the most vital; a Champions League semi-final in 2014. Chelsea were hampered by a shoulder injury to goalkeeper Petr Cech which constrained Mourinho to play 41-year-old Mark Schwarzer.
Incidentally, Atletico's goalkeeper was a Chelsea player, Courtois, who burned through three seasons on advance there as a component of his improvement, winning La Liga and playing in the Champions League.
After a goalless draw at the old Vicente Calderon, Atletico beat Chelsea 3-1 in the second leg. Mourinho preferred one of their goalscorers, Costa, so much that he signed him the following summer. There have been a few players in the cutting edge period who have played for the two clubs.
Tiago Mendes, who played 52 times for the Blues in his exclusive season there in 2004-05, is presently Simeone's colleague at Atletico having shown up for the Spanish club.
Costa was the inside forward road warrior who symbolised Simeone's race to the 2014 Champions League final, which they were seconds from winning against Real Madrid before falling 4-1 in added time. 'Another scratch doesn't hurt a tiger,' said an appreciating Simeone at whatever point Costa's physicality saw him get harmed.
Mourinho likes that kind of player and Costa won two Premier League titles in three seasons at Chelsea, the second under Conte, before a fabulous separating of the ways saw him begin this season back home in Brazil to drive a move back to Atletico.
That mission was complete with a £55million fee agreed a week ago, however, he can't play until January on account of Atletico's ban. Courtois, still just 25, built up himself at Atletico before Mourinho brought him back to London where he instantly picked him as No 1, ahead of Cech.
As of now, he's won the same number of Premier League titles as some other goalkeeper bar Peter Schmeichel and there could be numerous more to seek the Belgian. Torres was a player loved at Atleti who wound up at Chelsea. He was the main resident saint in Spain before he joined Liverpool. A British record £50m move to Stamford Bridge in 2011 didn't work out, however, he was a substitute when they won the Champions League, and he is currently back at his boyhood club. At 33 now, he's never again the power of old and hasn't scored yet this season.
Maybe the weirdest transfer involving the two clubs was that of full-back, Filipe Luis. The 32-year-old Brazilian was marked by Chelsea for Atletico for £16m in 2014 yet Mourinho gave him just nine Premier League begins in their 2014-15 title-winning season. The following summer, the player made a beeline for Atletico for a similar expense where he is an essential piece of Simeone's jigsaw. 'I generally missed the club. I was never ready to proceed onward,' he said.
Finally, with such huge a number of sub-plots, it will be an intriguing gathering diversion on Wednesday. Furthermore, given their nearby connections, who might wager against them meeting later in the knockout stages as well?