Hazard ready to start for Chelsea against Atletico, says Mourinho

The Belgium international has recovered from a calf strain and could face the Liga leaders in the crucial clash at Stamford Bridge, with the aggregate score standing at 0-0
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Eden Hazard has returned to fitness and is ready to start the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid.

The Belgium international suffered a calf strain during the 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the last round and has not featured since, missing the first leg in Spain and the top-of-the-table Premier League clash with Liverpool at the weekend.

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But Mourinho has now revealed Hazard is in contention to start against Atletico on Wednesday.

"Hazard is ready, it's my decision if he starts but he's ready," he told reporters.

Chelsea know a win will see them reach the Champions League final in Lisbon, having drawn the first leg at the Vicente Calderon 0-0, and Mourinho insists he "trusts" his players to get a result at Stamford Bridge.

"It's a knockout game, a game where maybe one goal is the difference. Everybody needs to be at the top level. During the 90 minutes the players are more important than the manager but I trust them and that helps me."

John Terry and Petr Cech also trained ahead of the crunch clash, and could feature at Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho confirming the former will start the second leg.

He said: "His partnership with (Gary) Cahill is fantastic, he deserves more than the Champions League has given him up until now. He starts tomorrow."

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