Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups + Predicted Score

By on April 22, 2014
Thibaut Courtois

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Chelsea are in Spain to take on Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon this evening in the first leg of their Champions League semi final clash.

The Blues were pushed all the way in the quarter finals, needing a late Demba Ba strike to seal a 2-0 second leg win over Paris Saint-Germain and see the West Londoners through on away goals.

Jose Mourinho will be looking to go one step closer to becoming the first manager in history to win the European Cup as a manager with three different clubs having already lifted the trophy with Porto and Inter Milan.

However, while their quest for European glory is still on track, Chelsea’s hopes of winning the Premier League suffered a devastating blow with a shock 2-1 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday night at Stamford Bridge.

They now trail leaders Liverpool by five points heading into Sunday’s crucial clash at Anfield, so Mourinho is likely to view the Champions League as his priority and best chance of lifting silverware this season.

While Chelsea may have been relieved to avoid Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the draw, they will face an Atletico side that are currently four-points clear at the top the La Liga table, so the Blues will know they have a huge task on their hands.

Diego Simone’s side are the only unbeaten team remaining in the Champions League having cruised through the group stages, before thrashing AC Milan 5-1 in the last 16 and edging out Barcelona 2-1 in the quarters.

Team News

Chelsea will have to make-do without the services of striker Samuel Eto’o after he was left in London with a minor knee injury that he picked up against Sunderland on Saturday.

Demba Ba is pushing for a start after scoring two in his last three game, but Mourinho is expected to hand Fernando Torres a start against his former club.

Eden Hazard missed training on Monday but has travelled with the rest of the squad despite suffering a calf injury against PSG two weeks ago.

Petr Cech is also in the squad after recovering from illness that kept him out at the weekend, but Branislav Ivanovic is suspended meaning Ashley Cole should come in on the left with Cesar Azpilicueta reverting to right-back.

Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are ineligible having already played in the competition for their previous clubs.

Atletico have been boosted by the return of winger Arda Turan – who has recovered from a groin injury that’s kept him out over the past few weeks. He could come straight back in for Raul Garcia on the right wing.

On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been cleared to line-up against his parent club after UEFA insisted it was against their rules to prevent him playing.

Likely Line-Ups

Predicted Score

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Chelsea: Atletico have been hugely impressive this season, particularly at home, so we can see them edging this one but feel Chelsea might grab that all-important away goal ahead of the second leg at the Bridge next week.

What team would you play and what’s your predicted score? Share your thoughts below…

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22 Comments

  1. George steno

    April 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Chelsea right there.go bring d cup 2 england.up chelsea

  2. Silva tochukwu

    April 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Atlt Madrid 0 chel 1 up chelsea

  3. Emeka Nwuba

    April 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Mouriho should play Mikel instead of ramires becos he is nt fit nowadays

    • Nonde

      April 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Athletico1 Chelsea 2.

      • saheed mustapha

        April 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

        I no that to go to atlentico home to have a win is not so that easy bt i believe we can still win or get draw . In sha ALLAHU

  4. salami tajudeen emiola

    April 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    i want a comfortable winning for my club to night. 0\2 insha allah.

  5. kenneth

    April 22, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    O 2 up chelsea

  6. phrancis

    April 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    BLUES 02 /AT MD 0

  7. Adesola

    April 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    No matter how it may be we wil go beat them. I rep d blues

  8. Don Felix

    April 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    chelsea has every chance to win and i pray that they will make us proud… Up chelsea

  9. Kingsley

    April 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Caution is d key in ds game.can d player implement mou’s tactics dt d big question.if they do then chelsea is gud 4 d finals.may b 1-1 scoreline

  10. Clegzy umana

    April 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Chelsea wil bt atletico madrid…atl 1 vs chl 2….up chelsea forever

  11. lampz

    April 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    chelsea 2-1 Athlet.i believe that mou’s tactics will work up chelsea

  12. babatunde sunday

    April 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Chelsea 2 altle 1

  13. amana richard

    April 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Why not mikel Mr Jose pls mikel can wud give d balance in d center use ur head pls d sentimental one” rami can comin letter to increase temple at d die minite,winning is luk

  14. Okumu pius

    April 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    We’ll bt atleti 2-1.

  15. ezekiel acquah

    April 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Chelsea 1 A.Madrid 0

  16. demmama

    April 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Atletic 0 : 1 chelsea by d special grace of God we r 2ru to d fial IJN.. Up chelsea ……….

  17. murtala.A.J

    April 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    It’s go in to d blues day,by d grace of God we shal beat them in front of their fan.chelsea 3 alt mad 0

  18. murtala.A.J

    April 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    It’s going to be d blues day,by d grace of God we shal beat them in front of their home fans.chelsea 3 alt mad 0

  19. hamza dogood chelsea

    April 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    no daught. de game is for chelsea. Insha Allah is going to be athlentic 1- 2 chelsea.

  20. Omofoman Destiny

    April 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Atletico 1-2 chelsea, pls Mr jose bring in mikel and oscar later in the match.

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