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Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea, Champions League: Lineups & Game Thread

Mike Hewitt

Chelsea may have thrown away the league (most likely), but the Champions League crown is still a distinct possibility. Must get a decent result here though.

We don't have to win; a scoring draw would be nice, or even a one-goal loss with an away goal. Despite the glorious comeback, we cannot risk another day of boneheaded mistakes like in Paris.

With his fifth straight semifinal appearance, Mourinho has now made it to a record eight Champions League semifinals.

Dare to Demba.


Atlético Madrid starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Thibaut Courtois | Filipe Luís, Diego Godín, João Miranda, Juanfran | Gabi, Mario Suárez | Koke, Diego, Raúl García | Diego Costa

Substitutes from: Dani Aranzubia, Toby Alderweireld, Tiago, Arda Turan, Cristian Rodriguez, José Sosa, David Villa

Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Petr Čech | Ashley Cole, John Terry, Gary Cahill, César Azpilicueta | David Luiz, Mikel, Frank Lampard | Ramires, Torres, Willian

Substitutes from: Mark Schwarzer, Nathan Aké, Tomaš Kalas, Oscar, Marco van Ginkel, André Schürrle, Demba Ba


Surprises abound, as Mourinho opts for a 4-3-3 shape that does not hide our intentions to keep things tight and play on the counter. Van Ginkel is on the bench - yey! Hazard is not - boo! Ramires as a defensive winger is something we've seen often enough during our Champions League-winning campaign; hopefully it'll pay dividends just like back then.

Lampard, David Luiz, Mikel, and Willian are on yellows.

In 4-3-3 we trust. In José we trust. UP THE BLUES!

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