Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid - Match preview and team news
After a goalless first leg, victory over Atletico Madrid would send Chelsea into another European final, where Real Madrid await in Lisbon.
A meticulous rearguard action from Jose Mourinho is the reason why this tie is still locked at 0-0, so it is definitely advantage Chelsea as they take to the field at Stamford Bridge. The first leg was a game lacking in chances and goalmouth incident, but Mourinho will be encouraged by the fact Atletico often lacked the imagination to break his side down.
And Chelsea were at again in the Premier League on Saturday, displaying superb commitment and defensive qualities as they stunned Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield to give themselves a glimmer of hope in the title race. The crucial moment in the game was the opening goal scored by Demba Ba, who has emerged as a big game player from nowhere in recent weeks.
Atletico would love the chance to play their bitter city rivals in the final, so there may be some extra determination to succeed, and Chelsea will continue to treat them with respect. They can expect to be forced into much more defensive work, but should Diego Simeone’s men grab an away goal, it would leave plenty for the hosts to think about.
Chelsea are without cup-tied duo Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah, while John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard are both suspended for reaching the yellow cards limit, and Petr Cech is still out, although Eden Hazard and John Terry should be fit enough to return to action.
A booking for Atletico Madrid captain Gabi in the first leg means that he is ruled out, so Tiago Mendes could take his place.
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