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Who Will It Be?

And so it came to pass, following Manchester United`s capitulation in the Allianz Arena, last night, Chelsea are (once again) England`s last representatives in Europe this season.

Our record of making 7 appearances in the last 11 seasons is something that should be shouted from the roof-tops, even more so when twice we`ve looked, after the first legs of quarter-finals, as if we were heading for the exit.

But, with the draw set to be made in Nyon, Switzerland, this Friday, in a draw that will, no doubt, go on for what will seem an eternity, who will be paired with?

Will it be Real Madrid, a side that goes into the pot having scored the most goals in the competition this season, a staggering 32, and a side bossed by somebody we know very well in Carlo Ancelotti?

Will it be our old friends Bayern Munich, the side who we beat in their own backyard in 2012 and a side who are now managed by Pep Guardiola, who out of the four bosses left in the competition has the highest win rate, a cool 62%?

Or will it be the rookies in the semi-finals, Atletico Madrid, who are in the semi-finals for the very first time and who have one of our players, Thibaut Courtois in their ranks plus a striker we are, reportedly, keen on signing, Diego Costa?

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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 10 2014

Time: 7:43AM

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If not Chelsea then I would like Atletico to win it. Can't stand the diving and cheating cu**s of Bayern and Pep, can't stand arrogant Real & Ronaldo. Anyone can win from now on. I guess we are least favorite as per the bookmakers.
Keyser Soze
I want us to face Atletico , but Im certain it will be Bayern
I dont know what it is but this version of Bayern does not scare me the way Jurgen Klopps version did. It is almost sacrilegous to say this since they added Thiago Alcantara and Goetze to that all conquering squad but this version every time i have seen them in the Champions league this year have looked shaky and vulnerable. they are certainly beatable. I think their winning the bundesliga so early has dulled their competitive edge. Honestly i would prefer to meet them now and get it over with and then possibly face Atletico in the final and deprive them there of Thibaut Courtois's services (it is wicked i know but we are after all the reputed big bad Chelsea FC). I know that Real would prefer to get anyone but Atletico..Simeone has had the number in recent times and those two teams when they meet it is a family feud derby type quarter will be asked for and none given. Friday will be very interesting to see how it all pans out.
Sorry typo above..i meant Jupp Heynckes Bayern of last year not Jurgen Klopp who is the Borussia manager.
Given a choice I would like us to face Bayern. I am sure we would get through over 2 legs. At this stage we should be ready to face any team. TO be CL winner you have to beat the best. So bring'em on, we can handle them.
Keyser Soze
athletico or bayern. Real madrid's attacking force may be 2 strong for us. And madrid will destroy athletico over 2 legs just like they did a couple of months ago.
athletico or bayern. Real madrid's attacking force may be 2 strong for us. And madrid will destroy athletico over 2 legs just like they did a couple of months ago.
apart from Atletico...i would prefer real or bayern both can be beaten....atletico remind me of chelsea of 2004-5...tough and rough
Preferred choices in order --- Real, Bayern, Atletico
If we play Atletico - probably the easiest match , not only will we not face TC, but the price will be less for Costa ..How can we NOT want to play Atletico with the added bonus of us probably winning and getting the glory of a place in the Final??? KTBFFH But I am fully expecting Mafiosi from Uefa fixing us up with Bayern
However , if we can guarantee getting passed whichever of the others we might get (Real or Bayern) I woud be in seventh heaven if we face Atletico in the Final
skip the needless calculations, people. it doesn't matter who our opponents are. there are no more ghosts in the machine. all four semifinalists are equally capable of winning the trophy. at this advanced stage of the championships, there will never be an iota given by anyone. past/current form is history. it will all come down to who keeps their head better on the day.
johnny come lately
also, can't win a championship without beating the best. so now or later, you can't avoid anybody. we have the capability, mettle and men for the job. so believe! 3 games away from ecstasy - or as the rub of the green goes, could still do it with two perfect matchdays - still have a margin for error.
johnny come lately
Bayern will be my pick, I think they are beatable over 2 legs and they will suit the way we play perfectly than atletico Madrid who are quite similar to us right now they are well organised and difficult to beat.
Bayern please. Plus we will have all Manure supporters behind us LOL!
shlok27 you are so right. I watch Athletico play and I cant help but see the similarities to THAT Chelsea team. Of all the semi-finalists, it is Athletico's style of play that could easily hurt us the most.
Stmichael Stmikhailz
shlok27 you are so right. I watch Athletico play and I cant help but see the similarities to THAT Chelsea team. Of all the semi-finalists, it is Athletico's style of play that could easily hurt us the most.
Stmichael Stmikhailz
Don`t underestimate Athletico, remember what they did to us in Monaco !
I don't really care who we draw.
UEFA wants Real - Bayern final so I'm very sure that we will not get Aletico. They will give us Real because 2 managers facing their old clubs where they were literally sacked will be EPIC
Rip The Reds Apart
You don't want to play a bigger version of Chelsea. Anybody but Athletico will do.
Uefa won't want two Spanish teams to be in the final so they will pair Madrid and Athletico together. Uefa also know that due to the rivalry between Jose and Pep plus the fact that we stole the UCL trophy from Bayern at their very own stadium, pairing Chelsea and Bayern will make a trilling encounter and they won't miss the opportunity to set it up that way. They will be looking forward to a Madrid vs Bayern final which may not work out for them as Athletico and Chelsea may eliminate both teams respectively.
Lol. I believe the fixture fixings are fake. Do not see how we still drew Gala in the last 16. What were the odds of playing Drogba, seriously? So i believe we will be playing Real Madrid. Just because its MOURINHOS OLD CLUB AND CARLOS TOO. The biggest cliche.
I prefer Bayern because what we need to do is to perfect what Man did then Chelsea will be in FINAL.
I really got a feeling it will be Real. Hopefully we can beat Real and shut those clowns up.
Atletico are the ultimate cheats. Time wasting, cynical fouls, shameful dives, they do it all.
No matter what, don't attack Atletico Madrid. It gives them an advantage.
Don't care how we get there but I would love a Chelsea v Real Madrid final in Portugal. The stars are once again aligned. Jose wins the Champions League by beating the team who sacked him for not winning the Champions League and he does it in his home country. Not quite as good as Munich but close enough.
I prefer bayern, they play too soft and we can beat them at home and pull a draw in allianz arena, atletico are like camelion they play all pattern, i wouldnt want to meet real neither do i want them to go to the final even though we dont make it to lisbon.
Gabriel Ofunuel
Any team besides Real madrid
Any team besides Real madrid
At this stage, there is no preference... All four teams in the semis are strong and know how to step up their games when necessary... so it's going to be a case of survival of the fittest...
Real Madrid Please......easiet out of the 3!
Atleti, hands down. For a number of reasons: 1) TC will not play (as per reports that Atleti is not willing to meet the figure to have him play), and his replacement had a shocker last time or two when he featured - even got sent off I believe. 2) If we met in the final then who knows maybe they'd meet the figure to have TC play knowing winning the thing would be worth the gamble. 3) Costa would be fighting to get fit. 4) Real and especially, Bayern, will be a challenge to beat over 2 legs (by challenge I mean UEFA "influencing" the games to have a Real vs Bayern final). That said, Atleti all the way. If not, feck it, we are Chelsea and will fight 'til the end.
It is easier to pick out the easiest of the 3 and say it is Atletico, Real or Bayern etc....My 2 cents however is 1.) Even though, they are the dark horse and Cinderella team, their squad is not big enough to handle the final run ins of the season. Costa is out with Hamstring. Courtois being out in the semis will be a big blow in terms of a.) mental effect and b.) secondary keeper's relationship with the back four. Certainly not a time to be gelling!!!!! Atleti is also chasing the La Liga title and have a difficult away game at Valencia in the 2nd leg. Problem I have with these guys are they have the heart, desire, spirit, cold blooded and remind me of Chelsea. They also possess all the qualities of teams we've struggled against this season a.) Solid defensive organization b.) Devastating counterattack c.) Intimidating and difficult away atmosphere and d.) Underdog mentality in terms of no star players and the poorest of the 4 semi finalists competing against the biggies. I will rather face them in finals. 2.) I think we stand a better chance of beating Bayern in the finals than now because those guys will be rested compared to us. If the fixtures are adjusted to accommodate us, I fancy us against them in the Semis however. I agree with a lot of comments about Pep. He is beyond boring now and has taken their football to another level - boring level. Chelsea will be the only Englidh team he won't beat. Can't never count on punks like United and Arsenal to do the job. 3.) Ancelotti has been coming up too short in the big games in recent times. Losing to Barca at PSG. Getting beat again home and away by the weakest Barca side in 7-8 seasons in the La Liga. If not Mkhitaryan, Dortmund would have gone through. He seems to be choking in the big stages and Jose just gets the better of him. Finally, of the 4 semi-finalist, their defense is arguably the worst. Will love to play them home first before they come to the Bridge. Any of Real/Barca semis and Atletico in the finals. I don't wanna face Real in the finals though for some reason. Just don't want to. The tickets will be bloody expensive too!!!!!!!
We'll find out after the draw today!
Peti @ Peti_R4 36m #UCL semi-final draw today. Not afraid of anyone. If you wanna be the best you gotta BEAT the best.
Well COurtois will play agaisnt us if we draw Atletico, the damn UEFA came out with a statement, and interfered when it involved us. smh! Though we rather play a full strength team.
That SUCKS.. I didn't like the 6 million option but now he will play against us for free? Thats a disgrace..
We got Atletico, first game away.. Tricky situation with Courtois now..
We draw Atletico .... AM at home in 1st leg !!
***** it, I like it.. 50/50 tie, we can win it!
2nd leg at our home at the Bridge.
Like it that Paulo Ferreira is representing us on stage.
I also like this tie ..... it will be super tough as AM workrate is always splendid for the full 90 minutes .... but i feel we can do it.

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