Champions League

Thursday, 1 May 2014

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The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage on Wednesday night following a 3-1 second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge

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The Blues manager believes that his team "can go home sad but with a clean face" after battling through injuries to put up a fight against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday

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The Portuguese has been criticised in some quarters for not pursuing an away goal in the first leg in Madrid and naming six defenders in his starting XI on Wednesday

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The Rojiblancos are on their way to Lisbon after a sensational victory in west London that left Jose Mourinho and his troops reeling

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

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The Atletico Madrid defender says his club's city rivals boast "the best squad in Europe" but warns Los Blancos that they face a tough challenge in the Champions League final

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The Belgian admitted chasing the game with Atletico Madrid defending in numbers was never likely to suit the Blues, raising fresh questions about his long-term future

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The Blues once again showed an inability to marry defensive solidity with attacking ambition, and their lack of balance will likely leave them trophyless

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Diego Simeone's men booked a final clash with their local rivals Real Madrid with a tremendous win over Chelsea and are 90 minutes from one of Europe's great stories

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The Atletico goalkeeper - on loan from Chelsea - made a fine stop to deny John Terry before Diego Costa's penalty, which the Portuguese coach says won the tie for Atletico Madrid

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The Portuguese coach's side got off to a fine start at Stamford Bridge, but Diego Simoene's men showed class and control to turn the tie around to book a final against Real Madrid

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The Belgian plays for the first time since April 8 after overcoming a hamstring injury and joins fellow returnee John Terry in the starting line-up, but Petr Cech misses out again

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The striker is delighted with Real Madrid's counterattacking semi-final victory against Bayern Munich and is hoping to meet the Blues in the Champions League final

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The manager has apologised for the humiliating defeat his side suffered in their Champions League semi-final tie and insists his team cannot win every title

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The holding midfielder is optimistic about Diego Simeone's side's chances in the second leg of their semi-final and does not expect Jose Mourinho to employ an attacking strategy

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The veteran goalkeeper warns his team-mates not to get carried away after thrashing Bayern Munich on Wednesday and urges them to turn their attentions back to La Liga

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The Netherlands international winger admits that the Bundesliga champions have been "hit hard" by their Champions League semi-final thrashing at the hands of Real Madrid