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Chelsea face Atletico in Champions League

Chelsea face Atletico in Champions League

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Chelsea have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, while Real Madrid face Bayern Munich. Jose Mourinho’s side, chasing a third final in seven seasons, are away at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg.
Atletico have a one point lead at the top of La Liga and defeated Spanish rivals Barcelona in the quarter-finals. Nine-time winners Real are at home to holders Bayern in the first leg, to be played April 22-23. Chelsea last met Atletico in the 2012 Super Cup and they were defeated 4-1 as Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick in Monaco. This time, the Blues could face 21-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico from Chelsea. It had been reported that, under the terms of the deal that took Courtois to Spain, Atletico would have to pay a sizable fee for the Belgium international to play against the Blues. But Uefa released a statement (external) before Friday’s draw saying that Courtois would be eligible if the two clubs were paired against one another, and any attempt by a club to exert influence on who the opposition select is forbidden.

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