Sports to watch this week: Feb. 22-28

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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea - UEFA Champions League

Jose Maria Gimenez (L) of Atletico Madrid vies with Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in London, Britain on Dec. 5, 2017. The match drew 1-1. (Xinhua/Richard Washbrooke)

The UEFA Champions League is back with another round of exciting fixtures this week as Atletico Madrid take on Premier League giants Chelsea at the National Arena in Bucharest on Tuesday. The two European giants are tactically robust and will likely play out an intriguing fixture this week.

The match is technically Atletico's home leg despite the fact that it is not taking place in Spain, with the reverse fixture due to take place in London in the middle of March.

Atletico Madrid Predicted XI (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Mario Hermoso, Stefan Savic, Felipe; Marcos Llorente, Koke, Saul Niguez, Angel Correa, Yannick Carrasco; Joao Felix, Luis Suarez

Chelsea Predicted XI (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta; Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi; Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Venue: National Arena, Bucharest

Atalanta vs Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid will be without Karim Benzema for Wednesday's Champions League last 16 first leg against Atalanta.

On Thursday, Real Madrid will travel to Bergamo to take on Atalanta in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash. The team will be vying to gain an advantage in the tie before the return leg which will be played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium on March 16.

This will be the first time the two sides have met in Europe's top competition.

Atalanta Predicted XI (3-4-1-2): Gollini; Toloi, Romero, Palomino; Gosens, De Roon, Freuler, Hateboer; Pasalic; Ilicic, Zapata

Real Madrid Predicted XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Ferland Mendy, Raphaël Varane, Nacho Fernández, Lucas Vázquez; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Mariano Díaz, Vinícius Júnior

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

Venue: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo

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