Antonio Conte has said it is time for Chelsea, to end the dominance of Spanish clubs in the Champions League.
The Blues are away to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, looking to end a run of four matches without a victory against Diego Simeone’s men.
Atletico’s city rivals, Real Madrid, have won the Champions League in three of the last four seasons. Overall, La Liga clubs have won seven of the last 12 tournaments, compared to two winners from the Premier League.
Conte said: “In the last few years in these competitions Spanish teams have dominated Europe, also in the Europa League.
“It means they are very strong, they have a lot of experience in these competitions.
“This is the truth and I think we have to change the history, it has been like this for the last few years.”
He continued: “Atletico are a really good team with great experience.
“They always play a great competition and to reach the finals of the Champions League is not simple, it means you are strong and able to have a good tournament.
“They have a good team and coach. Chelsea last year didn’t play this competition, we are excited and have great enthusiasm and desire to show we deserve to play in it.
“It’s important to play this type of game against one of the best teams in the Champions League to understand where we are.”