Thanks to an agreement between the two clubs, and UEFA rules, Thibaut Courtois starts in goal for Atleético Madrid. Courtois is on loan from Chelsea and there had been concern he might not be able to play. With the Belgian between the post, Atléti's defense is at full strength, and since defense is their strong suit, that's a positive. Diego Costa, the team's leading scorer, is the lone striker.
Arda Turn has recovered from a groin injury, but starts of the bench, along with striker David Villa.
Chelsea get Petr Cech back from an illness, which will help their defense. Ashley Cole takes over for Branislav Ivanović at right back, with the Serbian defender serving a suspension. With Samuel Eto'o injured, and not even in Spain, former Atléti striker Fernando Torres gets the start, with a chance to torment his old club.
Eden Hazard is not on the bench for the Blues.
Atlético Madrid (4-2-3-1): Thibaut Courtois; Filipe Luis, Diego Godín, João Miranda, Juanfran; Gabi, Mario Suárez; Raúl García, Koke, Diego Ribas; Diego Costa.