Diego Simeone’s side are trailing 1-0 following a disappointing first leg defeat in a game played in the Romanian capital Bucharest last month.
Los Rojiblancos line-up for the return leg in a 4-4-2 formation, with Joao Felix partnering Luis Suarez in attack with Kieran Trippier and Yannick Carrasco – both absent from the first leg – returning.
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Other notable team news sees Saul Niguez given the nod in midfield with Renan Lodi selected at left-back – the Brazilian may have been excluded had Atleti gone with a 3-5-2 formation, but Carrasco instead is playing more advanced.
Thomas Lemar and Angel Correa have dropped out of the side from the first leg.
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Chelsea are without suspended duo Mason Mount and Jorginho, while Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham are all unavailable.