Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream: how to watch the Champions League in HD

Chelsea confront Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Tuesday night and, although it’s technically Atleti’s home leg, any home advantage is rendered null and void since the fixture is being held at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania. Make sure you know how to watch an Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream wherever you are.

Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream

Date: Tuesday, 21st February 2021 

Kick off: 8pm GMT / 3pm ET

Location: National Arena, Bucharest, Romania

US stream: CBS All Access ($5.99)

AUS stream: Optus Sport (AU$14.99)

Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN

UK stream: BT Sport

With the reverse fixture due to happen in London in the middle of March, a neutral ground is perhaps Thomas Tuchel’s best shot at snatching an away victory over the Colchoneros – particularly with the Spanish club still reeling from a disappointing 2-0 loss at home to Levante over the weekend.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will look to improve on a lacklustre performance against Southampton on Saturday – a match that ended 1-1 and left a question-mark over the head of Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The overall head-to-head between the two in European competition is perfectly balanced – two wins, three draws and 11 goals apiece. And Chelsea can take heart from the fact that they were the last team to beat Atletico in an away game in European competition – September 2017, when Chelsea won the tie 2-1 in Atleti’s first ever European match at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

It’s an 8pm kick-off at the National Arena on Tuesday night. Read on to find out how to watch a Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream, wherever you are in the world.

Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream for $5.99

Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream: team news and how to watch the Champions League

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Soccer fans in the States are lucky enough to be able to watch UEFA Champions League games live through CBS All Access – and the first 7 days are free. After that, you’ll pay $5.99 a month. No contract. Bargain, right?

Of course, CBS All Access is only available within the US. Stuck abroad? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea anywhere in the world using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Champions League rights holders, you won’t be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you’re not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days
ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There’s 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up. Try it – it’s easier than you think.

Watch Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea in Australia

Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream: team news and how to watch the Champions League

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If you’re in Australia, local streaming service Optus Sport provides live coverage of the Champions League, Europa League and Premier League for just AU$14.99 per month or AU$68 for six months.

Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don’t forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.

Optus Sport 6-month pass for AU$68 (£39/$53)
Watch live Premier League, Champions League, Europa League matches and exclusive sports documentaries on streaming service Optus Sport. Watch on mobile, tablet, TV, computer or games console. Cancel anytime.View Deal

You can download the Optus Sport app for Android and iOS devices. Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, LG, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast also carry the app for smart TV viewing. You can watch Optus Sport live streams through Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers and, lastly, it’s also available on Xbox.

Watch Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea in the UK

Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream: team news and how to watch the Champions League

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Rights to show the UEFA Champions League in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal to broadcast all matches from UEFA club competitions means you’ll also be able to watch the Europa League.

BT Sport for existing BT TV customers from £7.50
Upgrading to all four BT Sport channels is no big deal if you’re already a BT customer. Those with BT TV already can access the channels for £7.50 per month for the first three months. BT Broadband customers can enjoy the BT Sport app and watch on the go for the same price.View Deal

New BT broadband and BT TV customers get access to some great deals including BT Sport while existing BT customers can upgrade to the sport channels for as little as £10 per month.

Sky TV users can also add BT Sport to their existing package from £30 a month, but that will not include any 4K viewing. It’s also worth looking out for bundled Sky Sports and BT Sport deals.

However you subscribe to BT Sport, though, you will get access to streams via the BT website and BT Sport app, so you can watch on the move within the UK or from abroad, using a VPN .

Watch the Champions League live in 4K

You can watch the Champions League in 4K HDR, beamed at 50fps on BT Sport Ultimate, channel 433. If you’re hooked up specifically on the BT TV platform then it’s also available in with Dolby Atmos sound. Sadly, Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea has not been selected for 4K coverage, though.

BT Sport Ultimate fixtures are also available, minus the Atmos, for Virgin Media customers who subscribe to the BT Sport Collection. You can enjoy it in 4K HDR on channel 555.

BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media £18 per month
The BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media is a £18 bolt-on, at the time of writing. It brings coverage of football, rugby, cricket, UFC and more, plus access to BT Sport Ultra HD for 4K viewing. You can cancel the subscription at any time.View Deal

Those on Virgin Media will need the Virgin V6 box and a 4K TV to make sure they’re getting the action at maximum resolution. With the basic Big Bundle, BT Sport is £18 per month but all five BT Sport channels, including Ultra HD, are included on the larger TV packages which start at £57 per month. More details on Virgin Media TV bundles.

BT Sport Ultimate is not available on the Sky TV platform but anyone with an Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV or a Samsung TV can watch the Champions League in 4K HDR using the BT Sport app with the BT Sport Monthly Pass. No contract required.

BT Sport Monthly Pass £25 per month
Enjoy the Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League and more in 4K HDR, all contract-free through the BT Sport app on games consoles, Apple TV and Samsung TVs. You do not need to be a BT customer and can opt out at any time.View Deal

Watch a free Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live stream

Football fans in Austria, Canada, Germany and Japan get the chance to watch the UEFA Champions League for free. DAZN has the rights to show the Champions League and a whole host of sports in these territories, and, best of all, DAZN offers a 1-month free trial. So long as you’ve not used yours already, then you can fill your boots.

Sadly the DAZN free trial isn’t available to those outside these regions. If you are a DAZN customer but travelling abroad, simply use a VPN to access an Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea live stream without being blocked.

It’s also worth noting that there are free streams on terrestrial channels such Match TV in Russia, if that’s where you happen to be. You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show the live Champions League football here.

Champions League Fixtures

Champions League live stream

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All times shown in GMT.

Tuesday 23rd February

Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea – 8pm

Lazio vs Bayern Munich – 8pm

Wednesday 24th February

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Manchester City – 8pm

Atalanta vs Real Madrid – 8pm