We have now the last four teams in the Champions League this season and the football fans around the world will witness the most anticipating clashes of top four teams later this month.
April 22nd: Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea at Vicente Calderon
April 30th: Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge
19:45 (UK Time)
Chelsea will play against Atletico Madrid, while the reigning champions Bayern Munich will take on Real Madrid in the knockout competition which is to be played on April 22/23, with the second legs on April 29/30.
Chelsea and Atletico have met three times in the past and there has been a win, loss and draw for each side.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho knows that the blues have to fight hard for the win. But, without having a proper strike force with the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, Chelsea will depend on their star midfielders with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian.
After losing the match against Crystal Palace, The London-based club is not longer to be considered in the race for the Premier League title this season, and now it seems that Manchester City and Liverpool are the only league title contenders.
Anyway, Mourinho is likely to consider David Luiz in the midfield rather than Nemanja Matic in the semis. Although, it’s hard to beat Mourinho in the knock-out stages.
Players such as Diego Costa, Gabi, Raúl García, Godín or Juanfran proved themselves in Atletico’s success to semi-finals and have played impressive football throughout this year.
Atletico are considered to be the weakest out of the four teams. Unfortunately, the Belgian shotstopper Thibaut Courtois is not eligible to play against his parent club Chelsea unless the Spanish league leaders pays a substantial fee.
So, what do you think – who will make into the finals of Champions League 2014?