Ahead of the game, here we bring you all the information you need…
When and where?
The Blues will take on the Spanish side on Wednesday night at Kingsmeadow and the match kicks off at 7pm (UK).
How to follow and watch the game live
You can keep up to date with the match via our social media channels, too. There will be live commentary on our Twitter page and regular updates on Instagram and Facebook. All you need to do is search ‘ChelseaFCW’ on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We will also be giving fans live behind-the-scenes access of our matchday on our Instagram channel with Chelsea legend Claire Rafferty.
The match is also being shown live on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 6:45pm.
This will be the first match back following the international break. Chelsea went into the two-week pause with a solid 5-0 win over Bristol City in the Women’s Super League to maintain our top spot in league standings. Fran Kirby got us underway early on with a headed effort from a corner, Pernille Harder doubled our lead with a sublime strike and our No.14 bagged a brace by half-time with a close-range finish.
Sam Kerr headed in her 11th goal of the league campaign and Bethany England, who assisted her Australian team-mate, got on the scoresheet herself as she steered the ball home at the back post.
Due to the international break this will also be Atletico’s first game back. They were last in action on Sunday 14 February when they beat Valencia 4-1 in the Primera Division Femenina – the Spanish equivalent to the WSL – thanks to a brace from Ludmila da Silva, a goal from Rasheedat Ajibade and an own-goal.
Hakim Ziyech had our best chance early in the second half as his close-range effort was turned away by David de Gea, while Edouard Mendy in the opposite 18-yard box made some important saves of his own.
One of the game’s significant talking points was a handball appeal against Callum Hudson-Odoi, which was referred to the pitchside monitor for further inspection before the referee decided no further action was warranted. Click here to read our report of the game.
As well as the key action above, you can watch Andreas Christensen’s reaction in his exclusive Chelsea TV pitchside interview below after the Dane helped us to a fourth consecutive home clean sheet in the Premier League for the first time in over three years.
Tammy Abraham was not in the 18 today
‘It was about judging all the alternatives we had. We opted for Oli to begin, with Timo on the bench. We had Kai who can play as a number nine. Things are a bit difficult for him, not as easy as they should be, it’s not his fault and he will get our full support, it’s just a decision.
‘He has to do what he does, train well and be in a good mood, and accept he’s a striker for Chelsea so the competition is almost the highest competition. This is what you sign up for, these moments arrive. There is no other answer to accept it and be there tomorrow to fight for his place. I’m sure he will do it.
‘We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured. It means you have to take hard decisions. You can only nominate 18 players. It was also a hard decision for Billy Gilmour, because he played very well in the Cup, and has been very strong in training.’
Tuchel gave his verdict on the decision not to award Man United a first-half spot-kick
‘For me it was no penalty. I was surprised and I’m still surprised [at the reaction]. I didn’t see it live where the penalty should come from, and when we checked on the pictures we have I couldn’t see any incident that should qualify as a penalty. Until now I don’t know why it should be a penalty.’
The big games keep on rolling next week with a trip to Anfield on Thursday night to take on Liverpool, before Everton make the trip in the opposite direction four days later,
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi (James h/t), Kante, Kovacic, Chilwell; Ziyech (Werner 78), Mount; Giroud (Pulisic 65)
Unused subs Kepa, Zouma, Alonso, Emerson, Jorginho, Havertz
Booked Chilwell 62
Manchester United (4-2-3-1) De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood (Martial 79)
Unused subs Henderson, Bailly, Telles, Williams, Tuanzebe, Matic, Van De Beek, Diallo
Booked Fred 50; Maguire 79
Referee Stuart Attwell
Norwich were desperately trying to breach Chelsea’s defence as we entered the final quarter and thought they had after Harry Brooke’s volley bounced back off the frame of the goal and out of danger, much to the delight of the away side.
The young Blues had their even younger stopper, Curd, to thank for keeping the Canaries out, making good saves from both Joe Duffy and goal scorer Kamara. Brand’s boys were made to work hard in the closing stages but back-to-the-wall defending made the three points earned well deserved in Norwich.
There’s a quick turn-around for the boys as our next fixture is at home against Brighton on Wednesday 3 March with a 1pm kick-off, brought forward from its previous date of Tuesday 13 April.
Chelsea 3-4-3 Ted Curd; Alfie Gilchrist (c), Brodi Hughes, Luke Badley-Morgan; Josh Brooking, Josh Tobin, Charlie Webster, Silko Thomas (Derrick Abu 90+2); Leo Castledine (Lewis Hall 64), Joe Haigh, Jude Soonsup-Bell (Ronnie Stutter 86)
Unused subs Prince Adegoke, Edwin Andersson
Booked Gilchrist 21; Haigh 79; Brooking 90+7
Scorer Haigh 7; Soonsup-Bell 42
Norwich Sam Blair, Solomon Alidor-Hamilton (Ola Okeowo, 86), Brad Hills, Lewis Shipley, Sean Stewart, Oscar Thorn (Alex Matos 63), Harry Brooke, Regan Riley, Joe Duffy, Abu Kamara, Jon Rowe (Kenneth Aboh 60)
Unused subs Reece Trueman, Osman Foyo
Booked Duffy 45; Hills 79
Scorer Kamara 59
‘He understood the characteristics of the players and the way he wants to play is good for our characteristics. So he understood that and he’s trying to give us the advice and the right way to work and then the results are coming.’
One key factor in Tuchel’s system and our form under the German has been Jorginho’s midfield partnership with Kovacic, with the two starting together in all but one of our Premier League games since the head coach’s arrival in west London.
Jorginho himself has been enjoying playing alongside the Croatian international and, just like Tuchel, he says the success of the two players’ partnership is down to understanding each other’s strengths.
‘I have a very good relationship with him because we think the same way about football, we understand each other. We know what we want to do, what each other wants to do, so I find it quite easy playing with him because we think the same way.
‘We know who needs to be in that position in that moment so we leave space for each other in the right moment. We cover each other’s backs, we understand when we need to be close to each other and when we don’t.
Our equaliser in our last Premier League fixture, a 1-1 draw at Southampton, came via the spot. It was converted by the 25th different player so score a penalty for Chelsea in the Premier League since it began in 1992, meaning we have had more individual penalty scorers than any other club.
We also top the table overall in terms of total penalties scored in the Premier League, a position we hold jointly with Manchester City and our next opponents Manchester United. With that in mind, don’t be too surprised to see a penalty awarded when the Red Devils come to Stamford Bridge tomorrow, with the two teams having scored from the spot 78 times each over the 29 seasons of the Premier League so far.
In the meantime, see if you can name all 25 of those players who have scored a Premier League penalty for Chelsea. To help you out we’ve provided the years they played for the Blues and the total number of penalties they scored for us in the competition. Good luck!
Chelsea’s Under-18s progressed into the fourth round of this season’s competition by defeating Barnsley 8-1 in December. Our next opponents will be the winners of Cambridge United versus AFC Fylde, a tie which was postponed upon the competition’s suspension.
The statement from the FA reads:
We confirm that The FA Youth Cup shall recommence following its temporary suspension due to COVID-19 restrictions, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders, as follows:-
Third Round Proper 12 outstanding matches to be played by Saturday 20 March
Fourth Round Proper To be played by Saturday 3 April
Fifth Round Proper To be played by Saturday 17 April
Quarter Final To be played by Saturday 1 May
Semi Final To be played by Saturday 15 May
Final To be played by Saturday 29 May
Sunday’s fixture against Manchester United not only brings excitement on the pitch, but also off it, with fans having the chance to win a Nintendo Switch in our Play Predictor game, presented by Carabao.
Fans can be in with a chance of winning by making their predictions on The 5th Stand app before 3.30pm (UK time) on Sunday 28 February, selecting who they think will score first, what the final score will be, when our first goal will be scored, plus other match events.
Barry, who joined Chelsea at the start of this season, will remain in his existing position at the club and link up with the Ireland squad in the international windows.
‘I’m delighted to join the Republic of Ireland coaching staff ahead of the start of the FIFA 2022 World Cup campaign,’ said Barry.
‘The opportunity to work in international football is something I’m thoroughly looking forward to and I’m looking forward to working with manager Stephen Kenny, his staff and the squad. I’d also like to thank Chelsea for helping facilitate this opportunity.’