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Returnee Chelsea and Super Eagles ace Victor
Moses can hardly wait to show Athletico Madrid
the exit door in the Champions League as both
teams slug it out it out Tuesday at the Stamford
Bridge.

Antonio Conte boys had a comprehensive
training Monday in readiness for showdown.

Moses who was impressive in the Chelsea’s 3-1
defeat of Newcastle Saturday at the Bridge is
returning to Champions league campaign after
injury forced him to miss the ties against Roma
and Qarabağ respectively.
Meanwhile David Luiz will be denied a return to
Chelsea’s starting XI against Atletico Madrid
through injury as Antonio Conte targets the
elimination of a traditional Champions League
contender.

Centre back Luiz, 30, was unable to train with his
team-mates at Cobham on Monday as he
continues to struggle with a knee problem.

That will prevent him from replacing his apparent
successor, Andreas Christensen, at Stamford
Bridge on Tuesday as Conte considers shuffling
his pack.

Luiz worked with Chelsea’s physios away from
the rest of the squad as his recovery continues
– although the Premier League champions
continue to refuse to put a time-frame on the
issue.

Chelsea have already guaranteed progress to the
knock-out stages but a win against Atletico
would secure top spot in Group C, while sending
Tuesday’s opponents out.

‘I think this game is important because we are
playing against Atletico Madrid and they have
shown in the past to be an important team in
this tournament,’ Conte said.

‘Now, there is a risk they will be eliminated, but
we have to play a good game, to improve our
confidence, and because we want to reach the
first position in our group.’
While Luiz was absent Eden Hazard’s brother,
22-year-old Kylian, trained with the first team on
Monday along with academy star Jacob Maddox,
19.

Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid are
among the teams sitting second in their groups
as it stands, priming them as options for Chelsea
to draw.

Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla and Basle are
also in the runner-up positions in their groups.

‘If you arrive first, you could then get teams like
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus,’ Conte
said. ‘It doesn’t change a lot if you arrive first or
second.

‘The most important thing is to reach the next
stage, but for our mission and our confidence, it
would be right to win and arrive first.’

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