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Chelsea and Atletico compete for continental glory
Last Updated: August 31, 2012 4:06pm
Chelsea are looking to add to the Champions League crown they claimed in May
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid go in search of further European glory in Monaco on Friday night when they compete for the UEFA Super Cup.
Continental success in 2011/12 has brought the two teams together, with Chelsea having enjoyed a remarkable UEFA Champions League triumph and Atletico having claimed the Europa League crown for the second time in three years.
Atletico went on to lift the Super Cup in 2010, their only previous appearance in the event, seeing off Inter Milan 2-0 at Stade Louis II.
They will be hoping to repeat that trick in 2012, with Chelsea gracing this particular European stage for the first time in 14 years.
Back in 1998, current Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo helped to inspire the west London outfit to a famous 1-0 victory over Primera Liga giants Real Madrid.
Di Matteo will be determined to pick up a second winners' medal, once again dashing the dreams of Spanish opposition in the process.
"It's a European trophy. I feel very strongly about it. Hopefully, we can win it again," he said.
"It was 14 years ago, a long time, and it would be just nice for us to be able to continue this positive start to the season."
Chelsea have opened their 2012/13 Premier League campaign with three straight wins.
Atletico, though, are also in fine domestic form, with a 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in their last outing seeing the prolific Radamel Falcao net a hat-trick.
Diego Simone is, however, keen to deflect pressure away from his side heading into another big European night.
He said: "They are the favourites, we're not going lie, but we must be humble and competitive.
"We must show that in one match it's not who's best on paper, it's who is best on the day."
Chelsea and Atletico have met on two previous occasions, in the 2009/10 Champions League group stage, with the Blues running out convincing 4-0 winners at Stamford Bridge and playing out a 2-2 draw at Vicente Calderon.
Chelsea will be without club captain John Terry as he continues to serve a European ban following his red card in a Champions League semi-final showdown with Barcelona.
Marko Marin has not figured for the Blues since suffering a hamstring injury in early August and is not expected to be back until after the international break.
David Luiz is, however, fit and raring to go after making his return from injury in the Blues' 2-0 victory over Newcastle.
Former Chelsea midfielder Tiago sits out the game through suspension after seeing red in Atletico's Europa League semi-final showdown with Valencia.
Kader is also missing as he continues to nurse a broken collarbone suffered in training following a collision with team-mate Cristian Rodriguez.
Juanfran (knee), Filipe Luis (adductor) and Diego Costa (knee) are all in Simeone's thoughts after shaking off knocks to make the Bilbao win.