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Match Day Moments - Atletico Madrid (a)

Savour the moment, it`s the first leg of our Champions League semi-final against the side that leads the Spanish League.

A Champions League Final, in Lisbon, is but 180 minutes away and a chance to experience those emotions shown in Munich, in 2012, all over again.

But this tie isn`t going to be easy, far from it. Atletico are, some would say, the team to avoid in this competition having knocked out Barcelona in the previous round. Diego Simeone has put together a side that is capable of beating anyone on the day and the fact that they`re the only team in the competition not to have lost yet says something about them.

Chelsea go into this tie without the injured Samuel Eto`o, they`ll also be without the suspended Branislav Ivanovic and Petr Cech is likely to be thrown into the cauldron having recovered from a virus that kept him out on Saturday, whilst all Chelsea supporters will be hoping that Eden Hazard has shaken off the calf injury that has see him side-lined since limping off against Paris St Germain in the quarter-final.

What starting eleven Jose Mourinho will opt for remains to be seen, but why not join us early this evening for our regular 'Match Day Moments` feature whereby the canvas is there for you to express your views on the starting eleven, the possible formation and the action as it happens.

Tonight has all the potential to become one of those nights!




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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 22 2014

Time: 12:02PM

Your Comments

If We get a scoring draw, We will be going to Lisbon...
Blu_run
I guess, Jose may opt for Ba and will be a great surprise for AM...
Blu_run
Really gutted that I always have to miss the 1st half of midweek games due to work...will be keeping a close eye on this thread as always though! COYB!!!
Slippy G-19
We have to defend, press and attack as one and not stopping running and working from the first second till the last because Atletico will be doing the same. Let's give everything ! #Believe #upthechels #COYB #KTBFFH #carefree
syed230183_chelseafc
Am hoping for a 1-1 drew, then bring them back to Stamford and finish the work. Chelsea will definitely go through
Smartoo
Would be great for Mou to win it in his own country !
Blue_Mel
Dont have a great feeling for this.. bt the final score is going to surprise us all either way i feel.. !! Go Blues !!
slash_blue
Off topic but i have to say it, now that moyes has been sacked, i expect our little London neighbours spurs to sign him, you all will agree with me they do love sacked coaches ..back to our game i just hope our players give a performance we can be proud of.. Goodluck to us
bismark
Press Atletico. They pass the ball around the chasing players. One pass between the fullback and centre back, goal for Atletico Madrid.
foreign_viewer
Let Atletico do the running.
foreign_viewer
Early rumors suggest Mikel starting in CM with Luiz and Lamps with Rami and Willian on the flanks in a 4-3-3/4-5-1 sort of system. Blimey!!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Rami on the wing is well......... what can you say really!!! Plus Mikel and even Cole will be playing after a long while. Not fully confirmed yet though.
syed230183_chelseafc
I'd hate that line up syed.. Hoping that's not the one we go with tonight..
Carloss86
All our strikers are wonderful wonderlik. Could be a pivot of Mikel & Luiz with lamps running forward that's seems exciting folks.
shaka09
Its going to be one of those champions league night tonight. This altlectico team scares me. They re not individually star players but as a team, i say they re a great team built on the spine of courtois, gabi, koke and cousta. But i am banking on the power of blue... That our players would make us proud!
Chelz Akamz
Cole, Mikel, make the starting XI,, No Hazrad even on the bench
KLblue
my lineup would be: Cech;azpli-terry-cahil-asley;luiz-lamps-rami;shurle-wilian;BA
pego sama
TEAM NEWS!!! Chelsea XI vs Atletico: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Luiz, Lampard, Ramires, Willian, Torres. (UEFA)
pego sama
the disturbing rumurs of mikel starting are right after all!!!
pego sama
: Chelsea bench: Schwarzer, Ake, Kalas, Oscar, Van Ginkel, Schurrle, Ba. (UEFA)
pego sama
i trust the 'special one" knws bettr wit startng mikel
pego sama
Lololo @pego....disturbing rumours. I keep my fingers crossed as we've never played that formation and with the same set of players before. Believe me, its tactical rather than stylish and it will be exciting to see how it pans out.
elemzy
mikel, ramires, cole and lampard all at the same time? jeez!! its gonna be a long long night....
xskarlo
This lineup shows that we will play a very defensive game today with mikel and luiz sitting and lamps and ramires able to defend and support willian and torres when we counter.
Chelz Akamz
"the disturbing rumours of mikel starting are right after all" says a "chelsea fan"smh. glad to see van ginkel back by the way.
oscarr
welcome back Marco Van Ginkel, out since August!
merlin
mikel, ramires, cole and lampard all at the same time? jeez!! its gonna be a long long night....
xskarlo
Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis, Raul Garcia, Gabi, Mario Suarez, Koke, Diego, Diego Costa. Subs: Aranzubia, Tiago, Villa, Turan, Rodriguez, Sosa, Alderweireld. Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Luiz, Lampard, Ramires, Torres, Willian. Subs: Schwarzer, Oscar, Schurrle, van Ginkel, Ba, Ake, Kalas. Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
merlin
not too happy with the line up but looking at the bench is there another way?
merlin
The lineup is too defensive for my liking. Atleast shurrle ought to ve started for one of those other four midfielders. But i believe jose has a plan and i pray the plan works. C'mon chelsea....
Chelz Akamz
Tonight could turn out to be a good night or the worst UCL performance I will ever watch from chelsea. Mikel, Lampard and Ramires in the starting lineup have not won up to 5 games away since 2010.
KAKUfrank
Atletico Madrid: Courtois(GK), Godín, Filipe Luís, Juanfran, Miranda, Mario Suárez, Koke, Raúl García, Gabi(C), Diego Substitutes: Aranzubia(GK), Alderweireld, Tiago, Arda Turan, Cristian Rodríguez, Sosa
KLblue
Line up seems solid considering a LB is playing at LB and a RB is playing at RB? ivanovic was never a RB but central defender. So the match won't be as bad at thinking Mikel is playing. I wish someone can shoot on sight.
shaka09
lol..its gonna be an entertaining match.
xskarlo
Schurrle and oscar on the bench? Mikel starting? I don't like this at all.. Just too defensive.. Also, why is MVG making a comeback on such an important game???
Carloss86
Van Ginkel - no other options?
merlin
I think Jose has his two wild cards to play when athletico are tired and then the speed and the creativity of Oscar.
shaka09
this lineup is soo so so negative...Did we really go there to defend?..can't wait to see how this is gonna work out for us
xskarlo
I think defensive is the best way forward here ... play on counter like we did against Barca
Blue_Mel
Is Jose really saving schurrle and oscar for the pool game... ? I think we are very slow if both frank and mikel start... That line- up is making me nervous. Why not atleast Schurrle ! ?
Strapping Blue
Camp Nou dig it...? Atletico Madrid v Chelsea (19:45 BST) Posted at 19:13 I recall a Chelsea semi-final in Spain a few years ago, John Terry was sent-off, Ramires scored a brilliant chip and Fernando Torres won it in the last minute on the break. It was one of the most ridiculous games I've ever seen. Could we have 10% of the drama tonight?
merlin
I just hope we don't consede early on... Then we are screwed...
Strapping Blue
yeah that barca game was CRAZY :)
Strapping Blue
jose pet rami gets nod ahead schrulle...and they say he select team on merit...
shlok27
Mikel didn't start the Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa games.
foreign_viewer
Mikel didn't start the Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa games.
foreign_viewer
Well the rumors were true-- BUS PARKED! Message sent to Atletico. !! Blimey!
syed230183_chelseafc
So Luiz and Mikel return to do the actual midfield work. Jose persists with his favoured sons in positions where they have no effect on the game. What about Ake?
had2bg
If we win this game then Jose is a genius, stop moaning the game hasn't even started YET! It's a solid line up and second half we will have oscar and schurlle.
shaka09
Both sides have players a booking away from a ban tonight. Chelsea will be without David Luiz, Frank Lampard, John Mikel Obi and Willian in the second leg if they pick up a yellow this evening, while Atleti will have worries over Koke, Gabi and Juanfran.
merlin
We are not moaning... We are scared :D Up the Chels !!
Strapping Blue
jose is parking stamford bridge at atletico...he has gone mad after getting defeat from.lower team...thats why this sort of weird line up..
shlok27
and was what someone had to say om twitter 'No hazard, no schurrle. no oscar. black kit. perfect setting for a mourning'. #COYB
kolagold25
Cue for media for slogans such as Anti Football, Enemy of football, boring boring chelsea, blah blah blah, Parked bus, spaceship blah blah!!!!!!!!!!! #UPTHECHELS #COYB
syed230183_chelseafc
So is it a 451 with the 5 being flat with Rami and Willian on wings?
BlueMIA
We will have to stay very compact and ramires had better be useful on the wings tonite. Torres i hope will not be torres
kolagold25
Yup that damn black kit again!! lol!
syed230183_chelseafc
Thing is jose understands he needs to give himself options on the bench. Atleast we still have players on the bench who could come in a change a game. #COYB
kolagold25
Ok now Rami has a big night ahead, has to get his act together, and could be the difference. Mikel and Cole start after a long time that too in this match !! Big night for them too. And Torres, we need him more than ever, needs to put emotions aside. #COYB
syed230183_chelseafc
The way this will serve us better will be for us to score first!
kolagold25
we have 12 players on the pitch tonight
Blue_Mel
So we have four players on yellow cards; lamps, luiz, mikel and willian
kolagold25
What can I say, 8 can't remeber being this pessimistic acter seeing a line up.. I hope Jose provee he's a genius.. COYB!
Carloss86
Honestly what I am seeing is the midfield being compact and defending while the fullbacks provide most of the attack. Ofc and occasional Lamps or Willian assisting as well.
BlueMIA
I have actually enjoyed matches where jose's line up has been criticised, I hope today is not different, I think jose went for fresh legs given how fit atlectico players play.. Mikel is actually one of my favourite chelsea players i don't get the hate he gets here, he is all about the team and never selfish let's hold i pray willian doesn't get booked foolishly this night
bismark
Shurrle, oscar and Ba to come in the second half and win it?? After torres, lamps and willian and worked their socks off?? And the Atlecto team re tiring?? Jose surely has a place... It could work out very well or backfire terribly! Lets get behind our team peeps.... Up chelsea....
Chelz Akamz
1st half no Goals I hope and second half we win 2:1. Come ON CHELSEA!!!!
shaka09
OMG black kit as well :'(
Carloss86
rami is lucky that his master is picking him no matter what he does on the pitch...he has got his reservation quota fixed in chelsea first team
shlok27
defensive is good to start with tonight. expect an early change (1st half even) if things go somewhat awry.
johnny come lately
our turn to park the bus. i like this! nice move by jose. hit them on the counter, with bench insurance from oscar, schurrle and ba.
johnny come lately
also, we're cutting our width, which i suspect is good as atletico play straight down the middle. if we need to change things, schurrle comes on, hugs the left touchline, willian moves out right.
johnny come lately
Carlos stop being overly superstitious
Blue_Mel
a loss by one goal in which we get at least one ourselves would be a good result to take back. all the best guys. may the force be with us.
johnny come lately
Hoping for the best. Let not ***** this up. KTBFFH!!
BluePontiff
LMAO Torres is so alone.
BlueMIA
The ball keeps getting hoofed, sucks no Drogba up front.
BlueMIA
Cech gone for the season I guess. Worst start we could have.
Keyser Soze
We should bring back Courtois for next season.....
Carloss86
oh no cech!!! Massive blow!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
@those who say Cech as 10 yrs ahead of him - LOL
Blue_Mel
Hoping that its a minor injury
Blue_Mel
Sensible tactics tonight. No senseless chasing the ball around and losing shape.
foreign_viewer
What a poor finish/cross from Ramires ... brilliant run by Willian
ZeeNut
There goes an excellent chance of scoring with the counter Ramires and Torres both being careless.
Keyser Soze
Costa is not worth £35m.
foreign_viewer
Rami blimey!!!!!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
so far so good
Blue_Mel
f_v ..... i differ on the tactics .... i feel we should have had more attacking intent .....
ZeeNut
10 mins to half time , lets not get slack
Blue_Mel
Luiz looking like one of the better player's tonight. Haters gona hate though. Just watch for the first minor mistake from Luiz and thats it he had a bad game the whole match, while I bet Mikel was "solid".
BlueMIA
So many crybabies over here. Laughable bunch.. Shlok still leading the way I see.. Well played Vital Chelsea.. As for the game, Chelsea looks solid, and I am waiting for the "not worth it" lines if Costa doesn't score against us.. Sigh..
zg2000fs
@zg ....putting a bid in for troll of the year?
Blue_Mel
Mourinho and Simeone have the same tactics, except Simeone's team passes the ball better than Mourinho's teams.
foreign_viewer
@fv the important thing is the score line ... as long as it stays this way the better
Blue_Mel
We need to try to nick a goal, or we'll be vulnerable to away goal in return leg. Also need to push Atletico back a bit.
syed230183_chelseafc
well played Chelsea
Blue_Mel
Defense..Defense..Defense..then, lets nick a goal at the end. Defense..Defense..Defense...
lamarochs
0:0 at HT .... one forced substitution ...... if we can knick an away goal & not lose the match i will be happy ..... but i feel a more attacking lineup might have paid dividends too .... anyway Jose is the man ..... he will take the bouquets & brickbats
ZeeNut
Draw or not guys I think we really need an away goal.
BlueMIA
Andre for Ramires in the 2nd
StamfordDLion
i can accommodate counter attacking football , but the nonsense we are playing ?? no this is bull ***** , this is athletico for ***** sake we can do better , this reminds me of man city in the cup game , ramires as useless as ever
Don capon
Mourinho read my comments.
foreign_viewer
We might not have Suarez and Sturrirde (SAS)....but we do have Torres Willian and Terry!!!!
dickturpin
We don't need an away goal.. I'd sign for a 0-0 right now..
Carloss86
You don't know what can happen at SB. An away goal can be the difference between the 2 ties.
BlueMIA
Good rearguard. Torres winning corners and free kicks for us. And we are not utilising them. Massive 45 mins to follow, need to nick an away goal. #COYB
syed230183_chelseafc
Well lampard off and Schurllle in and then game is on. Otherwise well played Chelsea. I don't see us losing unless unless....
shaka09
Get Andre and let him hug the line
StamfordDLion
not fair! we should have brought on courtois as a sub for the cech injury. erm.
johnny come lately
Don capon. Eh???? Away from in the Champions League semi-final against the Spanish League leaders with Torres as our focal point up front. Do you expect us to treat this like the Capital One Cup?
CobhamBlue
I hope he proves me wrong tonight, but ramires is a mystery to me nowadays... What does he bring to this team, except running with the ball ? Will he play at Chelsea next season... ?
Strapping Blue
we're boring, boring, boring chelsea, and we love it. in your face, rest of the world!
johnny come lately
Hahaha ! Up the boring Chelsea !! :D
Strapping Blue
"This is atlético for *****s sake" <--- oh, you mean this is the only undefeated team left in the UCL and the spanish league leaders? We have a plan, we're not suffering much and we're doing well. What we would do if they score is what I don't know..
Carloss86
Is this the first Champions League match in history a team has played 3 goalkeepers? Talk about parking the bus!!!
CobhamBlue
So far so good Mark S … Hope for the same in the 2nd
StamfordDLion
no need for changes right now. the cech injury scuttles a few tactics with a sub light now. play the same till 70-75, then maybe schurrle for mikel or lampard, depending on the situation.
johnny come lately
Lampard should be subbed before anybody else. Why would you take off pace when the games is all about counter attacking?
foreign_viewer
I think frank is going to subbed in the second half. his legs won't carry him the full 90min...
Strapping Blue
i am not expecting to treat it that way , what i am saying is that the way we are attacking today is the way we attacked that day against man city , it lacked purpose and we were definitely gonna lose , courtois has not doing anything today , we need to do something . And when i say its athletico they play well but we should not be seating so deep against any team ANYMORE !!
Don capon
Tactical Mou lead us forward
mikacfc
second half ! get in ! come on chelsea !!
Strapping Blue
Come on Chelsea.
RomansArmy
We ve defended vex well in this first half but the counter attacking opportunity have proved difficult to come by. We need an away goal as i dont think a goalless draw is a good result. But it is atleast better than a 1 goal defeat. We must not concede if we cant get the important away goal. C'mon chelsea....
Chelz Akamz
Haven't seen a comment from HGH or Pavel here for a while. Have they been barred?
RomansArmy
the draw is the favoured result now
Blue_Mel
Mikel saving our ass
Killerpass
@RomansAmy I think they have been banned, or busy showing off their talents in other forums!
Killerpass
Need to substitute Lampard for Oscar asap !! Lampard is neither pressing, closing down or creating!! Also, Ba for Torres later on maybe..Ba can hold up the play well !!
slash_blue
Where is our penalty... Barca got one against Milan a couple of years ago for the exact same thing. (Cahill getting shirt pulled and tripping over)
BlueMIA
I*
Blue_Mel
O think we should be geteting Ba
Blue_Mel
Hey trolls now that I am gone leave me out of your conversations.
Pavel Permiachkin
or Schurrle
Blue_Mel
I like what I am seeing. Lampard free kicks and corners are rather good and dangerous, though I agree he might and possibly should be the first to be subbed due to fitness levels.
zg2000fs
Lamps yellow carded, misses return leg!!
syed230183_chelseafc
@pavel, I perceive that you arent "gone"
Blue_Mel
JT gone down!! massive blow again!! Jeez!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Now Terry gone .... what cursed luck .....
ZeeNut
tbh.... i hope we don't sign costa in the summer. he is dirty player...
Strapping Blue
Lampard missing next match, now Mikel ......
ZeeNut
gabi also missing next match..
Strapping Blue
Mikel misses return leg - booked! Jeez
syed230183_chelseafc
Chelsea playing at the last chance saloon here
Blue_Mel
Time to bring Oscar for Lampard .....
ZeeNut
Substitute Lampard FFS !!! Get oscar On !!
slash_blue
come on chelsea , dont lose the plot
Blue_Mel
this is getting scary
Blue_Mel
Has lampard had 1 meaningful touch in the entire 2nd half ?
slash_blue
Cech shoulder dislocated
Blue_Mel
That's £35m Costa for you.
foreign_viewer
Too many changes has caused is to lose balance. Hold on lads!! #COYB
syed230183_chelseafc
FFS FV .. you never seen Messi have a bad night or even Ronaldo?
Blue_Mel
Barring the foolish yellow card, Mikel has been massive tonight, so also Luiz , Terry, Willian , Azpi
ZeeNut
Bale never had a bad night?
Blue_Mel
would you rather he score against us ?
Blue_Mel
We are doing to ATM what Sunderland and Crystal Pallace did to us ... What can costa even do when there are 10 ppl defending
slash_blue
Cahill too, and Torres has made some tricky runs too
ZeeNut
Costa is one dimensional like Christiano Ronaldo.
foreign_viewer
Thats 3 players out already for 2nd leg very well could be 4 if Terry injury is bad. Hopefully we have Hazard back with Iva.
Keyser Soze
Lol Mikel hasn ot been "massive" tonight. He has been good.
BlueMIA
Costa then misses a simple tap in header. Not worth any of Chelsea's money.
foreign_viewer
Foul in an excellent position earned from another hustling & tricky run by Torres
ZeeNut
lAST DITCH DEFENCE HERE!! Cahill leading the way! #COYB hang in!
syed230183_chelseafc
Torres is better than Costa. Right? Wrong? CR7 is one dimensional?? Now that got me laughing..
zg2000fs
Extra time ..... can we hold out, o reven nick one ?
ZeeNut
diego costa is useless
ghulamville
One dimensional players are spoon fed. Like Costa and Ronaldo.
foreign_viewer
Demba Ba for teh last minute of teh 5 minutes of ET
ZeeNut
Luiz need to be banned from fk's. Wasted chances these in this sort of massive match!!
syed230183_chelseafc
ghulam...what has this match got to do with you ?
Blue_Mel
why does lampard give all the corners...
Strapping Blue
0:0 final (non) score
ZeeNut
180 mins from another European title
Blue_Mel
Extremely confident keeping from Mark Schwarzer
ZeeNut
imagine if we go to penalties at stamford bridge and TC saves everything ! :)
Strapping Blue
Lets not imagine that Strapping lol
Blue_Mel
If Ba kicked that last ball over the halfway line, Torres would have been through on goal.
foreign_viewer
ghulamville: stick to your site. is it boring over there? your team isn't in the Champions League
StamfordDLion
Done 0-0. We got what we came for, though leaves us vulnerable to away goal in return leg but one game at a time. Warrior effort from the lads. great reargurad by all. But injuries were a big loss. #BElieve# Upthechels
syed230183_chelseafc
imagine if atletico scores first at stamford bridge....
Strapping Blue
You know it was a bad match if Torres is the man of the match
Eskemo Chels
little disappointed because our corners anf freekicks were terrible... those things just might be the answer in tight games..
Strapping Blue
Well played Chelsea.
shaka09
diego costa reminds me of a less technical version of hulk
ghulamville
Mikel is MOTM
teepie
torres and mikel were actually quite good :) weird game :D
Strapping Blue
whoooo hooooooo, what a delightfully boring performance :-))))
johnny come lately
The Legendary Chelsea Bus on Drive Tonight … lol
StamfordDLion
and ashley coped well too !
Strapping Blue
torres was very good, except that he kept getting selfish after doing all the fancy foot work
johnny come lately
@johnny..I hope for equally as boring performances as we had 2 years ago
Blue_Mel
torres owned costa :D
Strapping Blue
haha tut tut
Strapping Blue
Torres was a beat not good, BEAST! if only he was like this all the time :-(
Eskemo Chels
Where are the idiots who bashed mikel before the match?
oscarr
we would have to win the return leg in full time or on penalty kick, here's the scenario, we should avoid any scoreline draw, a 2-1 scoreline in our favour would see us play spot kicks to decide the finalist, in earnest, a 1-0 or 3-1 scoreline in our favour is our only realistic chance to reaching the finals. But even though we don't make it to Lisbon, I'm happy with the boys and the team as a whole and managing staff with the effort they put into this season's UEFA Champions league competition, so much better than last year's edition. KTBFFHFE. (i just made that up, Lol).
Tugay08
MOTM Luiz or Willian or a defender.
BlueMIA
Mikel did a good job actually.athletico came strong in the last 15 minutes or so but the tie is delicately poised
ghulamville
Cole, Luiz, Mikel, Willian, Torres and Schwarzer all stepped up. Hats off Cheers!! On to Liverpool!!
syed230183_chelseafc
some critical costs from this game. cech and terry for sure. lampard and mikel missing, not too bad. with ivanovic back and hopefully hazard and eto'o too, we can go back to playing a more offensive game at the bridge.
johnny come lately
oscarr: who are the "IDIOTS" that you are talking about?
StamfordDLion
MoTM was team chelsea. merlin, maybe that should be the 15th choice on the poll.
johnny come lately
I thought it would brutal and take its toll. But Cech, Terry, Lampard, Mikel brutal. And possibly Hazard & Eto'o too. Great performance though. We did what Barcelona good not do.
CobhamBlue
Mikel was huge , realy HUGE ..... but as usual complained too much & got a totally unnecessary yellow ..... will be missed in return .... why can he not learn to keep his trap shut after all these years ?
ZeeNut
I m glad mikel is on a yellow. We need t oscore a goal next game... With mikel on.. we will never be able to score.. I hope Schurrle and Oscar start the next game with willian in the mid .. Luiz and Ramires behind them... id still want to play Cole over Iva and play Azpi on the right but ofcourse jose prioritizes defence first and hence cole will mostly not play the 2nd leg !!!
slash_blue
Cole played very well too, given that he has not played much last 3 months .... but he will have to make way for Azpi when the aerial threat Ivanovic is back for the return
ZeeNut
Classic solid defensive display from the whole team. Nobody likes that, except us Chelsea- fans ! :D
Strapping Blue
I m glad mikel is on a yellow. We need t oscore a goal next game... With mikel on.. we will never be able to score.. I hope Schurrle and Oscar start the next game with willian in the mid .. Luiz and Ramires behind them... id still want to play Cole over Iva and play Azpi on the right but ofcourse jose prioritizes defence first and hence cole will mostly not play the 2nd leg !!!
slash_blue
All this Diego Costa is useless talk based on one game. Save it until after the 2nd Leg. Messi has never scored against Chelsea in 6 attempts. Then again he never amounted to much.
CobhamBlue
Guys I have to say this again, 180 MINUTES from ANOTHER TITLE!!!
Blue_Mel
Tugay8, why would a 2-1 scoreline in our favour would require spot kick to decide the finalist?
Keyser Soze
idk... we have to attack more at SB, so it might not be so bad thing that mikel is not available... but tonight, he was awesome ! give credit when it's due !
Strapping Blue
cech and terry will be missed at the bridge for sure (although if schwarzer puts in as good as shift as this, then we can cope without cech too). not so sure if mikel and lampard will be a big loss. we can manage with a different shape in the return leg (and will probably need to anyway), so can cope without them. of course, squad depletion is never a good thing. they did their job tonight though. well played.
johnny come lately
Well done to Mikel and the rest of the team someone was a passenger though.
shaka09
Good result!! We can take it away at the bridge!! Mou genius :))))
Carloss86
Luiz provided way more than Mikel. What is everyone going on about Mikel for?
BlueMIA
the only negative is that mikel and lampard will miss the 2nd leg and so will Cech and probably Terry. The biggest loss though is the fact that both Luiz and Willian are 1 booking away from missing the final
Humza_96
@Tugay08 a 2-1 win at the bridge will see us go through.
BluePontiff
missing willian would be a HUGE blow. He makes things happen !
Strapping Blue
yeah tugay, what einsteinian math are you on about! it finished 0-0, didn't it?
johnny come lately
Tigray, where did you get that 2-1; penalty shoot-out ruling from? Any win and your lot go through. Any scored draw and Athleti go through. 0-0 is the only result that would give you penalty kicks to decide.
Naijagunner
i really don't see why people are worried about mikel and lampard missing the return leg. it will be a different ball needing different tactics and shape, and sitting for 90 minutes certainly won't be any of plan B to Z. yeah, would have been nice to have all options available. but the 0-0 scoreline tilts a few things differently.
johnny come lately
Score 2 at least goals and it will be over
KAKUfrank
So.... liverpool next. Shall we park the bus again :)
Strapping Blue
I feel it is still in the balance , we play liverpool before that match , i believe mental fatigue could come into play and we cannot draw at home , something athletico can get . no terry , no cech , no matic , no lampard , we might not have eto'o if we win it will be amazing a
Don capon
I dont see the Liverpool match as important any more.. its not really goint to affect us all that much really. park the bus is the best we can do really unless we risk getting fatigued for the next leg SF match
Blue_Mel
If we can keep atletico from scoring at SB, we will prevail !
Strapping Blue
the PL is gone. so, why not play all the CL unplayables against pool - lampard, mikel, matic, salah. and leave some of the rest fresh for atletico next week? any news on hazard and eto'o?
johnny come lately
@Tugay any win, including a 2-1, would take us to the final.
Carloss86
yeah... we will defend deep against pool and hope for a goal. if we don't win, it's ok tbh. Our focus is in the Champions League now..
Strapping Blue
Cech out for season!! Big blow! :(
syed230183_chelseafc
@Johnny..I totally agree
Blue_Mel
would be sensible to start with schurrle instead of willian in the return leg. can't risk willian taking another yellow ahead of a potential final. willian as insurance on the bench. unless hazard isn't back by next week.
johnny come lately
Cech season ends with that injury.
oscarr
Yeah i agree with you guys, i dont care about liverpool anymore.. Lets play the the people who cannot play the next match and youngsters, lets just focus on UCL now and getting top 3 on EPL after the liverpool game.
Carloss86
(yeah... we will defend deep against pool and hope for a goal. if we don't win, it's ok tbh. Our focus is in the Champions League now..) Its OK? No it isn't! We can't put all our eggs in one basket. Its not as if we will win the Champions League. We are still in the race … albeit Pool and City have to drop points. Anything can happen. We have to try to beat Pool and I am sure WE WILL. No way am I happy letting Pool walk away with the title without us giving a Hell of a FIGHT.
StamfordDLion
parking the bus at anfield will be perfect. we're only remotely mathematically in the PL title race, so why risk fatigue and injury ahead of a crucial CL SF? on most days pool would be tipped to win at anfield. parking the bus might ensure a point (not to mention frustrate the hell out of them and their fans), which would leave us just a win in the remaining two games to ensure 3rd place. works, i think.
johnny come lately
Carloss86: What if Pool beat us? Then we will be under pressure with Arsenal and Everton breathing on us. Every match in the CL and BPL is crucial.
StamfordDLion
ofcourse i want us to win pool, but if we don't, it's not the end of the world. i don't think we deserve to be epl champions.. we have had too many poor games against smaller sides. it's just my opinion..
Strapping Blue
SDL. it's time for percentage football and not bravado. why run ourselves thin and risk losing everything. CL represents our best chance; don't want fatigue and injury to deplete us further. we're already getting thin on the squad and it's crunch time.
johnny come lately
SDL, we attack pool and we'll be sitting ducks. better we take a point and focus on the Real McCoy now.
johnny come lately
I am afraid if we park the bus in Anfield, their players and their fans will not be Frustrated … watch out for Victory Songs and Chants from the Pool fans while we park the bus
StamfordDLion
Do you think that Roman will be Happy with us parking the bus in Anfield and essentially handing them the title without a fight?
StamfordDLion
yeah but since when have pool chorus lines affected us? their taunts would only show their level of frustration, and nothing could sound sweeter to a chelsea ear. any case, my real worry is about not taking any more casualties than we already have. can't afford it. that's the bottom line. time to play smart and not brave.
johnny come lately
We will play our usual counter attacking style at anfield, without any busses parked..
Strapping Blue
methinks the CL title still edges it over the PL for roman. of course he'd like to take both, but i'm sure even he too is realistic about the whole thing.
johnny come lately
parked bus + counter would work for me. anyway, we're mere micro-organisms in the strategy game in comparison to jose. he'll know what to do best. let's leave it at that.
johnny come lately
I expect key players like Hazard and Eto to be rested BUT I Expect the other lads on the pitch to give a Fight. I am not expecting our lads to soak pressure and hoof the ball to a lone striker. We have to keep pressing. Matic, Salah haven't played and are not eligible for CL. They have to be involved and try putting up a fight.
StamfordDLion
I don't buy this argument that We Don't Deserve the Title. In my opinion, the way Pool have been getting decisions from the Ref on a consistent basis, they don't deserve the Title. We have been poor against weaker teams But we have been Superb against Stronger teams.
StamfordDLion
If Terry's out Ivanovic will need to play at CB, Cole stays at LB, Luiz & Ramires holding. Oscar/Willian/Hazard (hopefully) & Eto'o (hopefully).
CobhamBlue
Chelsea don't have the luxury of taking the Liverpool game lightly. They need 4 points to finish 3rd. If we lose to Liverpool we need to beat Norwich and draw with Cardiff. Both teams are fighting for their lives. Losing to Sunderland has not only blown the title it has put our top 3 position at risk.
CobhamBlue
Lol the faster Mikel is gone the better. This thread and poll are a perfect example as to why his die hard fans in turn bring him "hate".
BlueMIA
Mou is saying we may put out a weakened team on Sunday to rest players for the second leg . I would be nervous about points with Arsenal and Everton on our backs . How ironic we lose our keeper and they have Courtois .
Michael Reid
If Jose doesn't want to play any player at Liverpool that will start next Wednesday who will actually play in defense? We could have Hilario in goal. Matic & Mikel holding, Frank, Salah & Schurrle & Ba so that's not too bad, but there are no defenders? Kalas & Ake then I'm stuck. It will be an absolute mauling! And we need the points. Talk about playing Russian roulette!
CobhamBlue
I just want to say that I thought Ramires, Lampard, Luiz and Mikel all had fantastic games…I thought Luiz was really terrific and took control of most of the distribution. which left Mikel and Ramires to just concentrate on marking their opponents…Really it was Ramires best game in a long time as he kept it simple and wasn't required to distribute the ball. Truly the best way to play Ramires...
lamarochs
Messi was world player of the year at 21. Costa is not worth £35m. He does not do anything any decent striker wouldn't do. His fee should be £10m.
foreign_viewer
"I m glad mikel is on a yellow. We need to score a goal next game... With mikel on.. we will never be able to score.."
As if Mikel played vs Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Sunderland
foreign_viewer
Costa will do better in our current counter attacking setup...But, he will struggle against bottom teams who park the bus against chelsea...so, Costa wont solve our crisis problem (against bottom teams)...only grace point is that chelsea midfield create much more chances than this atletico midfield..so, if costa can convert atleast 1 of them, then he is worth the transfer...
Blu_run
Team for Pool match...Mark-Kalas-Ivanovic-Luiz-Cole-Mikel-Matic-Lampard-Salah-Schrulle-Ba (433)...Subs: MVG, Ake
Blu_run
Team for AM....Mark-Azpi-Cahill-Ivanovic-Cole-Luiz-Ramires-Willian-Oscar-Schrulle-Torres....(If we can get Hazard & Eto, the fantastic, they can replace willian & torres)
Blu_run
 

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