Atletico Madrid and Chelsea release their line-ups in Champions League last-16 first-leg tie

Chelsea’s four changes include Andreas Christensen replacing Kurt Zouma in the back three, Jorginho coming into midfield for anchorman N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud starting ahead of Tammy Abraham in attack.

Callum Hudson-Odoi ousts Reece James down the right – despite being Criticised by boss Thomas Tuchel after being subbed as a sub in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Here are the line-ups for tonight’s Champions League match:

Roman Abramovich set to sign Erling Haaland “at all costs”

Roman Abramovich ‘absolutely wants’ Erling Haaland at Chelsea and will sign the Norwegian ‘at all costs’ this summer.

The 20-year-old striker –who’s scored 27 goals in all competitions this season – has a release clause of £68million, set to be activated in the summer of 2022.

But TuttoMercatoWeb, via football365, claims Haaland is the ‘first name Abramovich absolutely wants’ to sign this summer to help the Premier League side return to a ‘high level in Europe’.

Haaland is a reported target of a number of top European clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

And the report states it will be ‘almost impossible’ for Chelsea to beat out competition for his signature in 2022, which is why the Blues will attempt to land him this summer.

Haaland will reportedly be the priority signing with a ‘huge’ €300m (£259m) transfer pot in place for the summer, even if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Victor Osimhen undergoes “further assessment” today after his discharge from hospital on Monday

Victor Osimhen is set to undergo “undergo further assessment” today after his discharge from the hospital on Moday.

The Nigeria international was rushed to hospital after losing consciousness in the stoppages of Atalanta-Napoli on Sunday.

The Napoli striker spent the night under observation in Bergamo but the club confirmed he rejoined the group in Naples on Monday night.

“Victor Osimhen is due to return to Naples on Monday evening after staying in Bergamo overnight as a precaution,” Napoli’s announcement reads as cited by Football Italia.

“The club and doctor Canonico would like to thank the Atalanta medical staff, the resuscitation team at Gewiss Stadium and the A&E staff at the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital for their professionalism. The player will be undergo further assessment on Tuesday.”

Revealed: Massive contract package Erling Haaland is demanding to leave Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland wants a £78m package over five years if he is to leave the club this summer, according to the Daily Star.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all reportedly interested in Haaland, and a fee of around £100m is being touted.

The 24-year-old Norwegian has scored 25 goals in 24 appearances this season for Dortmund, who are currently sixth in the Bundesliga.

However, one sticking point would be the fact that his agent is Mino Raiola. The ‘super agent’ is a much-maligned figure at Old Trafford given the history with regards to Manchesterv United’s midfielder Paul Pogba.

Haaland has a modest buyout clause of £68m which is activated in 2022. But with competition for the player’s signature heating up, Dortmund could look to wring a good £100m or so from a sale next season itself.

Sao Paulo join race for Diego Costa as former Chelsea striker reveals his contract expectation

Sao Paulo have joined the race for Diego Costa, who has rejected another offer from a team in Saudi Arabia.

Costa has been in talks over a move to Palmeiras but their fierce local rivals Sao Paulo are said to have approached Costa within the last week.

Talks with Palmeiras have also been impacted by renewed interest from Al Nassr, who offered the striker a deal worth £5.2m (€6m) until the summer of 2022.

The ex-Chelsea and Atletico Madrid man wanted a deal worth £6.9m (€8m) for the same length of time, however – and Al Nassr appear to have backed away.

Sky Sports exclusively revealed earlier this month that Palmeiras were offering Costa a two-year deal worth around £2.6m per year after tax – and player is currently in Brazil.

Tottenham eyeing former Chelsea target to replace Jose Mourinho

There are reports Tottenham are planning to make Julian Nagelsmann their top target to replace Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese fail to improve results.

Having started the season well Spurs are on the slide, having lost five of their last six games in the Premier League.

In that period the Lilywhites have also crashed out of the FA Cup 5-4 at Everton – with pressure now growing on Mourinho.

The 58-year-old is believed to have ’12 days’ to save his job – in which time Spurs play Wolfsberger, Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace.

According to the Telegraph, the club will use this period to assess whether to retain Mourinho for next season – or if it is necessary to approach RB Leipzig for their highly-rated manager Julian Nagelsmann.

The German, 33, is not willing to leave his current job mid-season, but is thought to be interested in a summer move to the Premier League.

Chairman Daniel Levy, having invested heavily in Mourinho, as well as very publicly gushing over the appointment on All or Nothing, wants to stand by the £15million-a-year boss.

But following the recent run of form, as well as murmurs of discontent from within the dressing room, Levy is making plans for either eventuality.

Nagelsmann met Spurs in the Champions League round of 16 last season, leading RB Leipzig to a 4-0 aggregate thumping of the North Londoners.

The former Hoffenheim boss is known to favour attacking football – something that much of the Spurs fanbase crave following criticism of Mourinho’s more defensive style.

The RB Leipzig boss was considered by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich before he eventually settled for Thomas Tuchel.

Nagelsmann was reportedly declared unavailable by the Bundesliga club, claiming it would be practically impossible to find a suitable replacement mid-season especially with the involvement of RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Bundesliga.

Chelsea fans’ preferred formation, players to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League cracker

Some Chelsea fans have picked Kante-Kovacic combination in the midfield as the Blues face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 in Bucharest on Tuesday.

According to weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com, there weren’t any surprises in the lineup as the fans stuck to the 3-4-3, with the likes of the 4-2-3-1 (12%) and 4-3-3 (9%) far behind.


Simlarly, Édouard Mendy continues to not be troubled by Kepa Arrizabalaga (6%).

With Thiago Silva still out, a back three of Toni Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen and César Azpilicueta should work quite well.

Kurt Zouma (46%) returns to the bench. Ben Chilwell is preferred to Marcos Alonso (40%) at wing-back after a poor performance from the latter over the weekend. On the other flank, it’s Reece James who has no competition with Callum Hudson-Odoi playing up front.

The N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić pivot weren’t at their best as Southampton held Chelsea to a draw on Saturday, but Jorginho (40%) once again misses out, with Billy Gilmour (2%) little more than an afterthought.

Hakim Ziyech (15%) was way off the pace on Saturday and the community reacted accordingly by favouring Mason Mount and Hudson-Odoi ahead of him. Christian Pulisic (38%) and Kai Havertz (25%) are just coming back from injury, and so the voters saw no need to rush them back. Timo Werner leads the line ahead of Tammy Abraham (14%) and Olivier Giroud (38%).

3-4-3 (73%)
Mendy (93%) | Rüdiger (85%), Christensen (66%), Azpilicueta (80%) | Chilwell (57%), Kanté (74%), Kovačić (82%), James (60%) | Hudson-Odoi (63%), Werner (83%), Mount (91%)