English Premier League side Chelsea FC will be up against their Laliga counterparts Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter on Tuesday night.
It will be the first game for manager Thomas Tuchel for Chelsea in the completion as he is expected to overcome at Atleti side who are being led by Diego Simeone. But while a lot of talks have been on the coaches and tactics, both teams have in previous years have players who have represented both clubs.
So who are the eleven players to have featured for both clubs?
- Alvaro Morata
One of the most traveled players in world football turned out on both sides of the Madrid divide alongside two stints at Juventus and a spell at Chelsea.
Morata signed for Chelsea in a £60m club-record deal in 2017 but after a bright start quickly began to falter; he left for Atletico Madrid and scored 22 goals in 61 appearances across two seasons.
- Mateja Kezman
Mateja Kezman arrived in the Premier League arrived at Chelsea alongside PSV Eindhoven teammate Arjen Robben. He struggled to make an impact and scored just four league goals during a disappointing debut season with the west London side and was allowed to leave for Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.
Tiago arrived as one of a number of Portuguese imports during Jose Mourinho’s first summer in charge of Chelsea, forming part of the side which won a first league title in 50 years during his sole season at Stamford Bridge. After spells with Lyon and Juventus, he signed for Atletico in 2010
Maniche made a limited contribution to Chelsea’s 2005/06 title success after signing on loan from Dynamo Moscow over the second half of the season.
He fared somewhat better during three seasons at Atletico Madrid before departing following a fall-out with manager Abel Resino.
- Fernando Torres
The striker rose through the club’s ranks of Atleti scoring 82 league goals in 214 appearances before moving to Liverpool in 2007.
- Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Chelsea secured the signing of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in a Premier League record £15m deal from Atletico Madrid in 2000, the deal equalling the fee that Newcastle had spent to secure Alan Shearer four years earlier.
- Jesper Gronkjaer
Gronkjaer spent four seasons with Chelsea after signing from Ajax in 2000, becoming the most expensive Danish footballer of all-time after signing in a £7.8m deal from the Dutch side. The winger’s speed and direct style saw him produce several memorable moments but he struggled for consistency, moving on to Birmingham City before short spells at both Atletico and Stuttgart.
- Filipe Luis
Another player who enjoyed two spells with Atletico either side of a stint at Chelsea, full-back Luis formed part of the Spanish side’s 2013/14 title-winning vintage before moving to the Premier League. He won a Premier League title during his sole season with the Blues.
- Thibaut Courtois
Signed by Chelsea as a teenager, the goalkeeper was sent on loan to Atletico Madrid to continue his development and spent three consecutive campaigns with the Spanish side and developed into one of La Liga’s finest goalkeepers, winning the Europa League, Copa del Rey, and La Liga during a successful spell in Spain.
He returned to Chelsea and spent four seasons as the club’s number one, winning two league titles and completing a full set of domestic honors with FA Cup and League Cup winners’ medals before joining Atleti’s rivals Real Madrid in 2018.
- Diego Costa
The bullish forward was a key figure in Atleti’s title-winning campaign in 2014 after scoring 36 goals in all competitions, his form attracting Premier League interest with Chelsea securing his signing in a £32m deal. Costa scored 52 goals in just 89 league appearances for the west Londoners and won two league titles across a three-season spell, before returning to Atletico Madrid to reunite with Simeone in Spain.
The Colombian was a phenomenon during his spell at Atletico having arrived in the Spanish capital in a club-record deal from Porto. He won the Copa del Rey, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup during his two seasons in Spain, scoring 70 goals in just 91 appearances but failed to sparkle in England after spells with Chelsea and Man United.