Thomas Tuchel says facing a side as good as Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions can “bring out the best” in Chelsea.
The Blues are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions since Tuchel took over as boss from Frank Lampard last month.
But the solid start under the German has come against teams struggling for form, lower down the Premier League table or in a lower divsion.
Chelsea’a next two league fixtures are at home to Manchester United and away against Liverpool, with La Liga leaders Atletico – a game played in Bucharest, Romania because of coronavirus travel restrictions – starting a very tough run on Tuesday night.
“It’s clear what you get when you play Atletico – fighting, experience, a team with a good mentality,” Tuchel said.
“They’re an experienced club at this level, and an experienced coach to play against. It’s a big test physically and mentally.
“There are many teams that have experienced that. They are the leaders in Spain but we have our qualities and the focus is on us.
“It’s a big test and this is exactly what we want because hopefully it brings out the best in us.”