SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: CHELSEA FC - ATLETICO DE MADRID | PREVIEW | POSSIBLE STARTING TEAM LINE-UPS

CHELSEA FC - ATLETICO DE MADRID | PREVIEW | POSSIBLE STARTING TEAM LINE-UPS

Chelsea FC hosts Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid tonight in the 2ºleg semi-final match of the UEFA Champions League with the tie wide open & even (0-0 aggregate). The winner tonight will meet Real Madrid in the Final on the 24th of May in Lisbon (Portugal).

Already the "conspiracy theory" enthusiasts have alerted that UEFA does not desire a Final to be between two Clubs of the same country & worst, same city. Thus predict that Atletico de Madrid will suffer "strange things" in their game with Chelsea FC.

Bad thinking apart, what Atletico de Madrid will face is a different team that they faced in the 1ºst leg. Seems everything is following a "Morinho Masterplan" with Chelsea FC recovering some real talent in Oscar, Eto´o & perhaps Hazard.

The speculated starting team line-ups as given by Spanish Sports paper "Sport" (has a mistake putting in Gabi for Atletico) gives Chelsea FC a more offensive orientated aspect & with a smell in the air of a "trap" being laid for the Spaniards at "Stamford Bridge".


UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI 2014
courtesy "Sport"

But Atletico de Madrid is a better team & their defence has proven to be very difficult to overcome. However, Atletico de Madrid will be missing a very important piece tonight in Captain Gabi (accumulated yellow cards) that will be felt & were Thiago is the speculated team-mate to fill the vacancy. Turan Arda is also expected to start which should give Atletico more possession & depth. The rest is as habitual & are still considered a team with good chances of going through.

As with all predictions, the starting team line-ups are speculations, please keep this mind. 


For Chelsea FC:

Schwarzer, Azpilicueta (I disagree & think Ivanoviv) , Cahill, Terry, Ashley Cole ( I disagree & think Azpilicueta), David Luiz, Ramires, Schurrle (perhaps Hazard), Willian, Oscar & Eto´o

For Atletico de Madrid:

Courtois, JuanFran, Miranda, Godin, Felipe Luis, Thiago, Mario Suarez, Arda, Koke, Raul Garcia & Diego Costa. 


Good-luck to Atletico de Madrid (I follow Atletico) & barring "strange events" inspired by UEFA , hope to see an all Spanish UEFA Champions League Final. But it won´t be easy & I do not trust Mr.José Mourinho who will most certainly have a card up his sleeve. Could go to penalties! 

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