UEFA Champions League Match Preview: Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea FC

Here we come Atlético!

Chelsea have travelled to Spain to face Atlético in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, following a shock defeat to Sunderland at home last weekend, which has all but ended Chelsea’s hopes for the Premier League title.

Chelsea defeated Paris-Saint Germain in the quarter-finals on a 3-3(away goal) scoreline and will face the La Liga leaders who defeated fellow Spainish rivals Barcelona 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

DATE & TIME: April 22, 2014 at 14:45 EST; April 22, 2014 at 19:45 GMT; April 22, 2014 at 19:45 WAT; April 22, 2014 at 20:45 CAT; April 22, 2014 at 21:45 EAT; April 23, 2014 at 00:15 IST.

VENUE: Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain.

TV/STREAMING NEWS: The match will be telecast live on ESPN Australia/Pacific Rim in Australia, SuperSport 3 Africa in African continent, Sportsnet East/West/Pacific/Ontario in Canada, Fox Sports Cono Sur in Colombia, beIN Sports Arabia 1 HD/2 HD/11 HD/13 HD in Egypt, Ten HD/Action/Sports in India, Sky Calcio 1 in Italy, Sukachan 0 in Japan, TVE in Spain, beIN Sports Arabia 1 HD/2 HD/11 HD/13 HD in UAE, ITV 1 in UK and Fox Sports 1 in USA.
The match is available online on UEFA.com internationally, Sportsnet World Online in Canada, Sky Go in Germany, Ten Sports Live in India, ITV Live Player in UK and FoxSoccer2Go in USA.
You can also catch the game on BBC Radio 5 Live in UK.

ATLÉTICO MADRID SQUAD NEWS: Arda Turan is doubtful for the La Liga leaders with a groin injury. Thibaut Courtois is eligible to play against his parent club.

CHELSEA FC SQUAD NEWS: Samuel Eto’o has not travelled to Spain with the 20-man squad due to a minor injury. Although Eden Hazard has travelled, he is unlikely to start for the Blues. Branislav Ivanovic is suspended. Nemanja Matíc and Mohammad Salah are suspended. Marco van Ginkel may be on the bench for the first time after recovering from his cruciate ligament injury.

REFEREE: Jonas Eriksson(Sweden).



  • The last time Chelsea faced Atlético in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage, the Blues collected four points from their Spanish rivals to finish top of Group D.
  • Atlético are the only unbeaten side remaining in the competition and boast the meanest defence, having conceded only five goals in ten games.
  • Atlético defeated Chelsea in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup through a Radamel Falcao hat-trick.

Atlético are a difficult proposition at home and have been in tremendous form, not losing a single game in this season’s European competition. Away goal will be crucial and considering the fact that Chelsea play at home in the second leg, a draw can be considered a bonus.

  1. Victor atiye, Nigeria says

    Chelsea players pls tak dis game seriously o & com bak wt a respectful result o.we d fans are tired of ur lacklustre performances o.tak d game 2 dia half & stop playin dis hurrible defend defend futball o.

  2. Anonymous says

    all blessing on u chelsea

  3. Gbasha.bitto says

    Best lineup ever we be seen today just wait and see

  4. Zyte says

    Cfc2-atletico1.my preferd line up
    Ucl is meant 4 cfc dis season.up cfc,up jose,up all the players & fans.ktbffh.

  5. alexcfc8 says

    Salah and Matic aren’t suspended they are ineligible

  6. Anonymous says

    Due to atleti’s defence solidness, I thnk cfc need someone who can shoot outdside and should be lamps, and there should be someone to follow up the ball just in case of rebound

  7. Anonymous says

    Due to atleti’s defence solidness, I thnk cfc need someone who can shoot outdside the box, and it should be lamps, and there should be someone to follow up the ball just in case of rebound. Otherwise getting thro’ their defence will be difficult.

  8. Anonymous says

    chelsea are the best team

  9. sbo says

    Thank you for sharing.
    I intersting in football.
    I thinking this season very funny.

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