Champions League Semi-Final: Atletico 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea have held Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon Stadium yesterday as Mourinho’s ultra-conservative defensive tactics prove enough to prevent the current Spanish La Liga leaders from scoring at home despite Cech & Terry injury blows.
Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech, dislocated his shoulder after crashing down to the ground under pressure from Raul Garcia following an Atletico corner kick in the 17th minute.
Ironically, veteran Mark Schwarzer had to come off the bench to replace him with Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois standing on the other side, playing for Atletico.
The Spanish side dominated possession and scoring chances throughout the entire match but Simeone’s men could not find the net as the Blues gave a defensive master class.
Chelsea suffered another injury blow when JohnTerry twisted his ankle half way into the second half. The captain had to be replaced by Andre Schurrle and it is likely he will miss the return leg.
Mourinho will also be without Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel at Stamford Bridge next week as they both reached the yellow-card limit while Atletico’s captain Gabi has also been suspended for the same reason.
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"Atletico needed to win this game and we stopped them from doing it," Mourinho told reporters after the match.
"We played a solid game. We frustrated Atletico, whereas normally they're the ones who frustrate others. I told our players not to keep the ball too much, because Atletico press well."
"It was a difficult game, tough, typical of a semi-final, in which neither side was able to grab the advantage," Diego Simeone said.
"We each approached the game in different ways but we couldn't find the goal that would have won the match," he added.
Chelsea host Atletico Madrid next Wednesday 30 April at Stamford Bridge in the second leg that will determine which team will advance into the Champions League Final in Lisbon next month.
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