Champions League Draw – Chelsea draw Atletico Madrid for a place in the final
Jose Mourinho’s team will clash with the Spanish side over two semi-final clashes, with Thibaut Courtois missing out for Atletic
April 11th, 2014
Chelsea dramatically knocked out Paris Saint-Germain to book their place in the last four of the Champions League and the Blues will now face Atletico Madrid for a place in the final next month.
The final will be played on 24 May 2014 at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, with Jose Mourinho hoping for a homecoming of sorts by returning to his native land and leading out a Chelsea side who have overcome Galatasaray and PSG to reach this stage of the competition.
Atletico will play both matches without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who is on loan from Chelsea this season and it could help the Blues to reach their second Champions League final in the space of three seasons.
Eden Hazard should have recovered from injury to line up in both legs, with Mourinho hoping to avoid the poor defensive mistakes which left Chelsea with an uphill struggle against Paris where the London side had to overcome a 3-1 first leg deficit to eventually go through on away goals.
Bayern Munich are the favourites to win the competition following victories against Arsenal and Manchester United, with the Bavarian side having to come from a goal down on Wednesday night to beat the Red Devils 3-1 and Pep Guardiola’s side remain the team to beat.
However, the two Spanish sides left in the competition will both fancy their chances, with Madrid being represented by Atletico and Real and it’s the former who currently lead La Liga thanks to an excellent season.
Atletico can’t be underestimated considering they eliminated Barcelona 2-1 on aggregate at the quarter final stage, with Diego Simeone’s side drawing 1-1 in the Nou Camp before flying out of the traps at the Vicente Calderon to beat Barca 1-0.
Real Madrid will have Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria as some of their attacking options as Carlo Ancelotti looks to steer the Spanish side to the Champions League final, having beaten Schalke and Borussia Dortmund in the knockout stages so far.
Bayern v Real Madrid will be the other semi-final tie, with Pep Guardiola pitting his wits against Los Merengues yet again after previously being in charge of Barcelona.
Champions League Draw
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid