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Tue 22 Apr 2014 19:45 (Attendance: 50,000)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: ATLETICO MADRID V CHELSEA

An all-capital-city clash for a place in Lisbon commences tonight. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are joined by former Chelsea player Scott Minto for their look at this semi-final…


TALKING POINTS
After the breathtaking 2-0 comeback against Paris Saint-German in the previous round, Chelsea will be happy to be playing this away leg first, though any similar lapses to those in the Paris game may put the tie beyond salvation even at the Bridge.

Atletico Madrid are Primera leaders, the only unbeaten side left in the Champions League and have won all their games at home to date, including against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

In many ways they epitomise the kind of side against whom the Blues sometimes struggle: well-organised, tough to break down and unsparing in front of goal. And Chelsea are still smarting from the home defeat by Sunderland.

Yet history shows that we are often at our best in the face of the biggest challenges and a third Champions League final is just two stellar performances away. Magic happens and reputations are moulded in this knockout phase.

Jose Mourinho, facing his eighth semi-final challenge, will be determined to take a third team into the last two of the world's elite club competition, and to win it for a third time.

KEY STAT
Chelsea are unbeaten in 15 Champions League games since 2006 against Spanish opposition.

 

With a Sunday showdown at Liverpool on the horizon, this could be a huge week against his former clubs for Fernando Torres, who has reserved some of his best moments for the Champions League.

A sensation at youth level, he broke into the Atletico first team aged 17 and was captain at 19. His goalscoring heirs have included Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao and current incumbent Diego Costa.

Out with a slight knee problem, though, is Samuel Eto'o, who has a fine record against Atletico from his days with Real Madrid, Mallorca and Barcelona, striking seven times in 12 appearances.

Petr Cech appears to have recovered from the illness that cost him a place in Saturday's line-up, though Branislav Ivanovic is absent as a result of receiving his third yellow of the campaign in the 2-0 success over Paris Saint-Germain. The coaching staff may ask Cesar Azpilicueta to swap flanks with Ashley Cole coming in at left-back.

A final concern is the availability of Eden Hazard. Shortlisted for the Professional Footballers' Association Footballer of the Year and Young Footballer of the Year awards, the Belgian game-changer has not played since coming off soon into the PSG victory a fortnight ago but travelled to Spain yesterday.

His speed and ingenuity have been missed in the Premier League, especially in the surprise defeat to Sunderland.

After that loss Chelsea's magnificent home record under Jose Mourinho has not 'gone', as some have said. The run has ended but the extraordinary 77 games unbeaten may well stand forever as a monument to a golden age for this club.

And in eight days' time, in the second leg at the Bridge against tonight's opponents, we embark again on the campaign to match it. The two managers know and respect each other. Rojiblancos coach Diego Simeone faced Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid side four times, suffering three straight Primera beatings before achieving a Copa del Rey final win.

Mourinho and Simeone


The Argentinean will be relieved goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looks in line to play against his parent club tonight. Unlike the Premier League, UEFA has no rules to prevent this happening. This season the Belgian has kept 26 clean sheets in 49 games in all competitions.

Star striker Diego Costa suffered a deep gash in his shin in a recent game and did not quite look himself against Elche at the weekend. He has missed four penalties this season and the man who took over spot-kick duty, David Villa, squandered one from 12 yards on Saturday. Their second penalty of the game was dispatched - by Costa.

Football snobs scoff at those who mistakenly call our opponents 'Athletico', but the Spanglish idiom has some foundation in the club's history.

Atletico were formed in the country's capital by Basque students playing as Athletic de Madrid, after the most famous club from their home region, Athletic Bilbao, whose name reflected their strong English influence.

However in May 1940 ruling nationalist dictator General Franco ordered that foreign words should be purged from the public gaze and the restyling of both clubs as the more Spanish Atletico followed. In the 1970s, after Franco's death and the restoration of democracy, Bilbao reverted to their original anglophile nomenclature, while the Madrid side saw no such need.

Both tonight's teams have four players one booking away from missing the second leg. Frank Lampard, David Luiz, John Mikel Obi and Willian and, for Atletico, captain Gabi, Emiliano Insua, Koke and Juanfran.

On Sunday, just three days before the second leg at the Bridge, we have the trip to Anfield; Atletico kick off two hours later at Valencia's Mestalla.

Both sides are challenging on two fronts. Chelsea are one step away from a fourth UEFA final in seven years and are still in the domestic title race.

The Rojiblancos are closing in on their first La Liga title for 18 years. Their only Champions League final (back when it was the European Cup) was in 1974. They did, though, lift the Europa League the same year Chelsea scooped the big one, 2012, and won the resulting Super Cup by a convincing 4-1 margin.


This week's semi-finals
Tonight
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
Wednesday
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

The UEFA Champions League final will be played in Benfica's 65,000-capacity Stadium of Light in Lisbon on Saturday 24 May.


Champions League top scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo 14 goals 710 minutes played
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10 goal  646 minutes played
Lionel Messi 8 goals 630 minutes played
Diego Costa 7 goals 405 minutes played


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TACTICAL BRIEF
Former Chelsea defender Scott Minto, now presenter of Sky Sports' Spanish TV coverage, provides the insight into our Spanish opponents ahead of this fascinating Champions League semi-final.

'The draw was an interesting one for Chelsea and it's difficult to say whether it was better or worse than being paired with one of the other two left in the competition,' he says.

'You have to say Atletico are not one of the teams who are going to blow you away in the way Real Madrid and Bayern Munich can. Bayern are the competition favourites, though they do seem to have taken their foot off their pedal a little with the title already won in Germany.

'Real Madrid, in the really top matches this season, have not done too well, but they did teach Atletico a lesson in the Copa del Rey semi-final - they won 5-0 on aggregate.

'But they lost both clasicos in La Liga and I think it was crucial for their belief in the big games to beat Barcelona in the clasico Copa final.

'In terms of goalscoring threats and where the goals can come from, those other two teams have them from practically everywhere, Atletico not so much. They are not a team set up to win four or five-nil. They are a team that is quite happy to score the first goal and see the game out.

'I wouldn't be surprised, even if they did get the first goal, if they did not really go for the jugular. They would obviously try to get a second, but they would not be unhappy with a 1-0 because they know they are very good at defending a lead - they have the strongest defensive record in La Liga and the Champions League as well.

'You actually have two teams who are very similar despite different formations: very hard-working, expected to do just as much without the ball as with it, and don't necessarily beat teams three or four-nil, but at the same time are among the best in Europe on their day.

'Their standout players are obviously goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa. Not many teams up to now have played Costa very well. He has scored in more separate games this season than Cristiano Ronaldo has, which goes to show how few teams have kept him quiet.

'He has improved so much over the last 18 months. He's big, he's strong, he can be confrontational. He has become one of the top strikers in Europe.

'He may be one of the players who it's best to try to talk to, make him laugh, to make him easier to handle. I remember playing against one of my best mates in football, Trevor Sinclair, and the last thing you wanted to do was kick him because you just made him angry and he would just get even better.

'Chelsea players need to be careful because Costa can handle the physical side of the game and that can spur him on if he feels aggrieved.

'I think Eden Hazard being available is a key thing for Chelsea. What Atletico are so good at is they have two banks of four and opponents find it very difficult to break them down. Head coach Diego Simeone has made it very much a team thing rather than individuals.

'I can't see Simeone changing too much to cater for the likes of Hazard or Willian. The interesting thing for me will be who he plays upfront alongside Costa, whether it is Raul Garcia or David Villa (pictured below), who had a bad game and missed a penalty at the weekend.

David Villa


'Garcia is not an out-and-out striker but can play alongside Costa but also drop into midfield as well, so it will be an indication of how Simeone rates Chelsea which he chooses. If Arda Turan is not fit it will be a big boost for Chelsea because he is very good going forward.

'The system they use, 4-4-2, should not really work nowadays, but the way they play, hounding, being happy without possession of the ball, they all know what they need to do. So if Hazard or the others can get one-on-one situations with anyone in the final third, Atletico could struggle. But what they are very strong at is ensuring they do not get exposed in that way.

'Atletico do not have any specific flaws you can say Chelsea should target. They are not a team of all-stars. Their strengths are maybe not as exceptional as Barça's or Real's are, but their weaknesses are not as obvious either.

They have Filipe Luis and Juanfran who are full-backs who are both very good going forward but decent defenders. Miranda and Diego Godín are good central defenders too. And of course in Courtois they have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

'Set-plays could be absolutely key for both sides over the two legs. Koke often takes them for Atletico and although he is not a goalscorer as such, he has the highest assists figure in La Liga and delivers great set-pieces. Atletico were really struggling at the weekend to break down a poor side, Elche, but one Sosa corner, one header for Miranda - who is a big threat in such situations - and they had the breakthrough.

'I think like most away teams in the first leg Jose Mourinho will be hoping for an away goal. Even if they lost marginally, then what his side did to PSG at the Bridge - and I was at that game - they are more than capable of emulating with a 1-0.

'So to lose 1-2 would not be a bad scoreline but I don't think Chelsea would get away with a 1-3 again.'

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WE HAVE HISTORY
Our clubs have only met in one other tie in the Champions League. That was in the 2009/10 group stage and the game at Vicente Calderon was in early November 2009.

Didier Drogba had a huge impact on his return from a three-match ban for publicly criticising the performance of referee Tom Ovrebo.

The Ivorian was handed an early opportunity by a defensive error but dragged his shot wide, then hit the post early in the second half. Atletico also had chances in what was often a tepid opening hour. Then the hosts took the lead through substitute Sergio Aguero, the Argentinean volleying a deep, deflected cross past Petr Cech.

Gradually Chelsea began to dominate the Spaniards, though, and Drogba was at the heart of it. His equalising goal was a shrewd header from a Florent Malouda ball (pictured below) and, six minutes later, an Ashley Cole pass sent him clear. His first shot was blocked by the goalkeeper but a follow-up found the target.

Altetico v Chelsea


Aguero shocked the Blues with a brilliant injury time free kick to level the scores at 2-2.

The Colchoneros came third and transferred to the Europa League, which they eventually won beating Fulham 2-1 after extra-time in the final in Hamburg.

Our teams last met in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco. Atletico, helped by an opportunistic first-half hat-trick by Falcao, won the showpiece 4-1. Gary Cahill scored with 15 minutes to go after Miranda had made it 4-0 on the hour.

 

PMB

 

 

Our previous meetings in the Champions League
21 October 2009, group stage
Chelsea…..……..…..4 Atletico Madrid………..……0
Kalou 40, 52
Lampard 69
Perea og 90
                  Att: 39,997


3 November 2009, group stage
Atletico Madrid.…..2 Chelsea………..……2
Aguero 66, 90+1       Drogba 82,88
                 Att: 36,284


Chelsea's biggest away win in the Champions League
20/10/1999 - Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea - First group stage

Atletico's biggest home win in the Champions League
11/09/1996 - Atletico 4-0 Steaua Bucharest - group stage
06/11/2013 - Atletico 4-0 Austria Vienna - group stage



DAYS SINCE
Chelsea lost to a Spanish team in the Champions League: 2,981
Atletico lost at home: 70
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,258
Liverpool won the league: 8,753

 

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CHELSEA STATS
Chelsea are appearing in our seventh Champions League semi-final in 11 seasons. We have progressed to the final on two occasions.

Chelsea have appeared in 12 previous European semi-finals.


Chelsea's 12 previous European semi-finals
1965/66 Fairs Cup Barcelona lost 0-5 in the play-off
1970/71 Cup Winners' Cup Man City won 2-0 on agg
1994/95 Cup Winners' Cup Real Zaragoza lost 3-4 on agg
1997/98 Cup Winners' Cup Vicenza won 3-2 on agg
1998/99 Cup Winners' Cup Real Mallorca lost 1-2 on agg
2003/04 Champions League Monaco lost 3-5 on agg
2004/05 Champions League Liverpool lost 0-1 on agg
2006/07 Champions League Liverpool drew 1-1, lost on penalties
2007/08 Champions League Liverpool won 4-3 on agg
2008/09 Champions League Barcelona drew 1-1, lost on away goals
2011/12 Champions League Barcelona won 3-2 on agg
2012/13 Europa League Basel won 5-2 on agg

 

Chelsea's record against Spanish teams in European competition is won 15, drawn 11 and lost nine. In two-legged ties we have won four and lost six.

Jose Mourinho is attempting to be the first manager to win the Champions League with three different teams having won with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

 

Chelsea's last 10 away games against Spanish teams in Europe
2004/05 Champions League Rd of 16 Barcelona L 1-2 (won 5-4 on agg)
2005/06 Champions League group stage Real Betis L 0-1
2005/06 Champions League Rd of 16 Barcelona D 1-1 (lost 2-3 on agg)
2006/07 Champions League group stage Barcelona D 2-2
2006/07 Champions League quarter-final Valencia W 2-1 (won 3-2 on agg)
2007/08 Champions League group stage Valencia W 2-1
2008/09 Champions League semi-final Barcelona D 0-0 (lost on away goals)
2009/10 Champions League group stage Atletico Madrid D 2-2
2011/12 Champions League group stage Valencia D 1-1
2011/12 Champions League semi-final Barcelona D 2-2 (won 3-2 on agg)

 

Champions League Group E
Sep 18 Basel (h) L 1-2
Oct 1 Steaua Bucharest (a) W 4-0
Oct 22 Schalke (a) W 3-0
Nov 6 Schalke (h) W 3-0
Nov 26 Basel (a) L 0-1
Dec 11 Steaua Bucharest (h) W 1-0
Round of 16
Feb 26 Galatasaray (a) D 1-1
Mar 18 Galatasaray (h) W 2-0
Quarter-final
Apr 2 Paris Saint-Germain (a) L 1-3
Apr 8 Paris Saint-Germain (h) W 2-0

 

Champions League scorers (18)
Ba 3, Eto'o 3, Torres 3, Hazard 2 (1 pen), Ramires 2, Cahill 1, Lampard 1, Oscar 1, Schurrle 1, own goals 1

 

Champions League games since
An away win: 3
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 0

 

Chelsea's last 10 years in Europe
2003/04 - Champions League - semi-final
2004/05 - Champions League - semi-final
2005/06 - Champions League - round of 16
2006/07 - Champions League - semi-final
2007/08 - Champions League - runners-up
2008/09 - Champions League - semi-final
2009/10 - Champions League - round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League - quarter-final
2011/12 - Champions League - winners
2012/13 - Europa League - winners, having transferred from the Champions League group stage

 

Last six results
Mar 29 Crystal Palace (a) L 0-1
Apr 2 PSG (Champions League a) L 1-3
Apr 5 Stoke (h) W 3-0
Apr 8 Paris Saint-Germain (Champions League h) W 2-0
Apr 13 Swansea (a) W 1-0
Apr 19 Sunderland (h) L 1-2

 

 

Chelsea's next three games
Sun 27 Apr Liverpool away 2.05pm
Wed 30 Apr Atletico Madrid (Champions League) home 7.45pm
Sun 4 May Norwich City home 4pm

 

 

MILESTONES
Congratulations to David Luiz and John Mikel Obi who both celebrate their 27th birthday today.


ATLETICO STATS
Formed
1903

Major trophies
9 Spanish League championships, last in 1996
10 Spanish Cups, last in 2013
1 Spanish Super Cup in 1985
2 UEFA Europa Leagues 2010 and 2012
2 UEFA Super Cups in 2010 and 2012
1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1962
1 Intercontinental Cup in 1975


Atletico's best season in this competition was in 1973/74 when they reached the European Cup final. They lost 0-4 to Bayern Munich in the replay after a 1-1 draw two days earlier.

This is their 13th major UEFA semi-final. They have won six and lost six. Of those three have been in European Cup semi-finals where they beat Celtic in 1973/74 and lost to Real Madrid in 1958/59 and Ajax in 1970/71.

Atletico have never lost at home to English opposition in UEFA competition, a total of nine games, winning five and drawing four.

Estadio Vicente Calderon has a capacity of 54,960. Atletico's home crowds in the group stage were 33,855 (Zenit), 29,841 (Austria Vienna), 24,629 (Porto), and 49,186 against AC Milan in the round of 16 and 53,592 in the quarter-final against Barcelona.

Diego Simeone's team have won 23 and drawn four of their 28 home games this season in all competitions. Only Real Madrid, in the Copa del Rey, have been victorious at Estadio Vicente Calderon this term. They have won all five at home in the Champions League.


Last ten seasons in La Liga
2003/04 - 7th
2004/05 - 11th
2005/06 - 10th
2006/07 - 7th
2007/08 - 4th
2008/09 - 4th
2009/10 - 9th
2010/11 - 7th
2011/12 - 5th
2012/13 -  3rd


Atletico boast the best defence in La Liga and the Champions League this term. They haven't conceded in their last four games.

Atletico are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions, winning 10 of them. In all this season their record is 54 games, 40 wins, nine draws and five defeats, four of which came in a 19-day period in February. They have scored a club record 109 goals and conceded 36 goals.

Diego Costa, Atletico's top scorer, has scored 27 goals in 31+1 games in La Liga this season and 35 in 44+2 games in all competitions. Since the beginning of 2011/12, the 25-year old has scored 47 goals in 70+9 La Liga appearances for Atletico and Real Vallecano.

 

Atletico's home games against English teams in UEFA competition
1961/62 Leicester W 2-0 Cup Winners' Cup 2nd Rd, 2nd leg (agg: 3-1)
1974/75 Derby D 2-2 UEFA Cup 2nd Rd, 2nd leg (agg: 4-4, 6-7 pens)
1991/92 Man Utd W 3-0 Cup Winners' Cup 2nd Rd, 1st leg (agg: 4-1)
1997/98 Leicester W 2-1 UEFA Cup 1st Rd, 1st leg (agg: 4-1)
1997/98 Aston Villa W 1-0 UEFA Cup quarter-final 1st leg (agg: 2-2)
2007/08 Bolton D 0-0 UEFA Cup Rd of 16, 2nd leg (agg: 0-1)
2008/09 Liverpool D 1-1 Champions League group stage
2009/10 Chelsea D 2-2 Champions League group stage
2009/10 Liverpool W 1-0 Europa League semi-final, 1st leg (agg: 2-2)

 


Ten-year European record
2003/04 - Did not qualify
2004/05 - Intertoto Cup - final
2005/06 - Did not qualify
2006/07 - Did not qualify
2007/08 - UEFA Cup - round of 32
2008/09 - Champions League - round of 16
2009/10 - Europa League winners (having transferred from the Champions League group stage)
2010/11 - Europa League group stage
2011/12 - Europa League winners
2012/13 -  Europa League round of 32

 

Champions League Group G table
P W D L F A Pts
Atletico Madrid 6 5 1 0 15 3 16
Zenit 6 1 3 2 5 9 6
Porto 6 1 2 3 4 7 5
Austria Vienna 6 1 2 3 5 10 5

 

Champions League Group E
Sep 18 Zenit St Petersburg (h) W 3-1
Oct 1 Porto (a) W 2-1
Oct 22 Austria Vienna (a) W 3-0
Nov 6 Austria Vienna (h) W 4-0
Nov 26 Zenit St Petersburg (a) D 1-1
Dec 11 Porto (h) W 2-0
Round of 16
Feb 19 AC Milan (a) W 1-0
Mar 11 AC Milan (h) W 4-1
Quarter-final
Apr 1 Barcelona (a) D 1-1
Apr 9 Barcelona (h) W 1-0

 

Champions League scorers (22):
Diego Costa 7, Raul Garcia 4, Arda Turan 3, Miranda 2, Adrian Lopez 1, Baptistao 1, Diego 1, Filipe Luis 1, Godin 1, Koke 1

 

Last six domestic results
Mar 23 Real Betis (a) W 2-0
Mar 26 Granada (h) W 1-0
Mar 29 Athletic Bilbao (a) W 2-1
Apr 5 Villarreal (h) W 1-0
Apr 13 Getafe (a) W 2-0
Apr 18 Elche (h) W 2-0

 

 

PMB

 

La Liga table top five
Pld Gd Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 34 +52 85
2 Barcelona 34 +66 81
3 Real Madrid 33 +62 79
4 Athletic Bilbao 34 +22 62
5 Sevilla 34 +18 59

 

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Jonas Eriksson, his two assistant referees and two additional assistant referees are all from Sweden. He has previously officiated two Chelsea victories at Porto in 2009 and the 3-1 at home to Basel last season - as well as the 2013 UEFA Super Cup against Bayern, lost on penalties following a 2-2 draw.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
Branislav Ivanovic is suspended (one match).

Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are cup-tied.

Champions League bookings list
Players receive a one-match suspension for collecting three and five yellow cards.
Atletico (23): Juanfran 4 (already served a suspension for 3), Raul Garcia 3 (already served a suspension), Gabi 2, Insua 2, Koke 2, Godin 1, Adrian Lopez 1, Alderweireld 1, Aranzubia 1, Arda Turan 1, Diego 1, Diego Costa 1, Sosa 1, Mario Suarez 1, Tiago 1.
Chelsea (21): Ivanovic 3, Ramires 3 (already served a suspension), Lampard 2, D Luiz 2, Mikel 2, Willian 2, Cahill 1, Cech 1, Cole 1, Oscar 1, Schurrle 1, Terry 1, Van Ginkel 1.

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Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

 

Atletico Madrid

  • 13
    Thibaut Courtois
  • 20
    Torres Juanfran
  • 23
    Joao Miranda
  • 2
    Diego Godin
  • 3
    Kasmirski Filipe Luis
  • 8
    Escudero Raul Garcia Substitution
  • 14
    Fernandez Gabi
  • 4
    Mata Mario Suarez Substitution
  • 6
    Jorge Koke
  • 26
    Ribas Diego Substitution
  • 19
    da Silva Diego Costa

Substitutions

  • 9
    David Villa Substitution
  • 24
    Jose Sosa Substitution
  • 12
    Toby Alderweireld
  • 1
    Daniel Aranzubia
  • 11
    Cristian Rodriguez
  • 10
    Arda Turan Substitution
  • 5
    Cardoso Tiago
Shots on Target
6
2
Shots off Target
16
3
Corners
6
4
Fouls
13
15
Most fouls
Gabi
Torres
3
6
Yellow Cards
2
3
Red Cards

Chelsea

  • 1
    Substitution Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    Substitution John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 9
    Fernando Torres
  • 22
    Substitution da Silva Willian

Substitutions

  • 33
    Tomas Kalas
  • 16
    Marco van Ginkel
  • 14
    Substitution Andre Schurrle
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 19
    Substitution Demba Ba
  • 27
    Nathan Ake
  • 23
    Substitution Mark Schwarzer

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Highlights

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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea
Match Highlights from Vicente Calderon Stadium
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MATCH REPORT: ATLETICO MADRID 0 CHELSEA 0

Summary
It is all to play for in the second leg after a strong defensive performance from Chelsea ensured we are the first team to leave the Vicente Calderon undefeated in this season's Champions League.

With two of Europe's strongest rearguards in action, this was always likely to be a tight match and Chelsea's clean sheet was earned despite losing Petr Cech to injury early on and John Terry later in the game.

Atletico had the chances, and a couple of good ones were wasted, but it was solidness rather than luck that kept the Spaniards at bay.

Three midfielders - Frank Lampard and John Mikel Obi, plus Atletico captain Gabi will be suspended for the second leg.

Team News
With Branislav Ivanovic suspended tonight, Cesar Azpilicueta moved back to the right with Ashley Cole coming in for his first start since the FA Cup fourth round in late January.

Mikel was in the starting line-up for the first time since the FA Cup fifth round at Man City and played in a three-man defence with David Luiz and Lampard. Fernando Torres was at the centre of a three-man attack with Ramires and Willian.

Atletico dropped David Villa and brought in Diego to play with Diego Costa in attack. Arda Turan was fit but started on the bench with Raul Garcia and Koke the wingers. Former Chelsea man Tiago was also among the subs.

First half
There was much interest to see the plan Jose Mourinho had worked out to counter the Spanish league leaders, and it soon became clear that with Atletico known for their threat from wide positions, Willian and Ramires were going to give plenty of support to our full-backs when we were without possession.

The first shot was from Diego in a central position, but was soft and deflected wide.

A cross from Filipe Luis was easy for Cech to claim and when a ball did drop for Diego Costa to half-volley, Terry was in front to block. Moments earlier the Atletico striker and the Chelsea captain had exchange words after a challenge.

The early pressure on the Chelsea backline was eased somewhat by a series of fouls given away by the home side, a couple of them sheer clumsiness. Mourinho's men then enjoyed a good short spell in possession to an increasing volumes of whistling from the home fans.

We were gaining a foothold in the game, but then on 17 minutes came a major setback. A corner from the left was swinging in on the target but was clearing the bar until Cech punched over. However it was at a cost as his landing was bad, and the medical team rushed on.

His game was over and after a few minutes of treatment he came off with what appeared a shoulder or arm injury. Mark Schwarzer, who had played for Fulham against Atletico in the Europa League final, came on. A Chelsea back five that had been unchanged for 12 games in a row recently now had two personnel different. 

Atletico v Chelsea


Up the other end of the Vicente Calderon pitch, a Lampard corner was met by Cahill but the whistle was blowing for a foul as it dropped wide anyway.

David Luiz, who was doing well breaking up the home side's moves, took a painful kick from Raul Garcia but was soon over it as Atletico continued to concede free-kicks near our penalty area.

Terry, who was having an outstanding game yet again, twice cleared as Atletico turned up the heat once more, the first time from a Diego Costa cross after the striker worked space past Cahill.

Atletico v Chelsea


But then on 27 minutes Chelsea broke for the first real time in the game, Willian slipping a tackle on halfway and sending Ramires into space on the right. The Brazilian's shot from an angle was wide of the far post.

Diego Costa headed over with Cole in close attention but Mourinho's men weren't allowing any easy chances. Atletico did go close on 34 minutes but it was from long-range, Mario Suarez's well-struck shot extending Schwarzer but flying just wide.

With five minutes to go to half-time, Azpilicueta threw himself in front to Diego Costa to block a shot after a cross had been flicked on. When Diego shot straight at Schwarzer in stoppage time and then Schwarzer claimed a cross well, we had reached the halfway point without conceding.

A foul on Torres in between those incidents earned a free-kick just outside the Atletico area. Hopes of grabbing a lead on the stroke of the interval evaporated when David Luiz's attempt was driven into the wall.

Second half
It was Lampard with the first shot after the restart but that was straight at Courtois, and the pattern of the game didn't change.

After a scrappy few minutes, punctuated by free-kicks, Cole was back to head behind for a corner and it had been clear throughout that the home fans fancied their chances from set-pieces such as these. On this occasion Schwarzer claimed it confidently and when the Australian did less well punching out in open play soon after, he raced back in time to field Diego's shot.

On 58 minutes, a Cole block tackle and then his run set us on the front foot and Torres skilfully snaked his way into range, but couldn't beat Courtois.

Atletico v Chelsea


Five minutes later, Lampard, who had just before been whistled up for handball, committed a foul near halfway that means he will miss the second leg. He was shown his third yellow card in this season's competition.

There was miscommunication between Schwarzer and Mikel as a ball came deep into our box but we escaped, and there was a feeling the home support were starting to become a little anxious about the lack of a breakthrough. They were certain increasingly annoyed by what they perceived to be Chelsea players needing treatment unnecessarily. They were proved wrong on that when after his second stoppage in quick succession, Terry had to come off with Schurrle on and David Luiz dropping back.

Still Chelsea bodies were there to block and challenge when Atletico got into our area. After a Chelsea foul, tempers frayed and Mikel and Atletico's Gabi were booked. Both will also miss next week's return.

Schwarzer paddled the free-kick that followed round the post before the Spaniards missed one of their best opportunities yet - Raul Garcia heading wide.

With three minutes left on the clock, Diego Costa reached a cross in the six-yard box but his on-target header was blocked by the head of Cahill, the defending typifying Chelsea's resolve at the back throughout.

Miranda was booked on 88 minutes for a foul on Torres just outside the area and as at the end of the first half, the chance was there for a late Chelsea goal, but this time David Luiz's free-kick cleared the bar.

As the final seconds ticked past, there were two wayward attempts from distance from the Spaniards and one worrying break after our corner that was eventually repelled before the whistle blew.

Atletico v Chelsea


Both these teams will have their reasons to believe they can come out on top in the second leg. It promises to be quite a night at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech (Schwarzer 18); Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry (c) (Schurrle 72), Cole; David Luiz, Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Torres, Willian (Ba 90+4).
Unused subs Kalas, Ake, Van Ginkel, Oscar.
Booked Lampard 63, Mikel 74, Ba 90+5

Atletico (4-4-1-1): Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis; Raul Garcia (Villa 86), Gabi (c), Mario Suarez (Sosa 79), Koke; Diego (Arda Turan 60); Diego Costa.
Unused subs Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Tiago, Rodriguez.
Booked Gabi 74, Miranda 88.

Referee Jonas Eriksson from Sweden
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