- Chelsea drawn against Atletico Madrid
- First leg on 22 April (Vicente Calderon), second leg on 30 April (Stamford Bridge)
- Fernando Torres returns to his former club
- Thibaut Courtois faces his parent club
Chelsea have been drawn against Spanish club Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals 2013/14. The blues will be having the first leg at the Vicente Calderon followed by the second leg at Stamford Bridge. The title will be played either side of an away trip to Liverpool.
Chelsea faced Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in 2012 and we came away with a 4-1 defeat. Radamel Falcao, who is no longer at Atletico, was the hero on the night. The blues should be much stronger this time around, but this is no easy match for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Atletico Madrid have been top of the Spanish League for most of the last few weeks and it is a huge achievement in league that is usually dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona. Their former player Diego Simeone has managed to transform the fortunes of the club since taking over in 2011. Incidentally, Atletico were close to the relegation zone when he took over, but since then, they have won the Copa del Rey, Europa League, and the UEFA Super Cup.
They have managed to reach the stage of the competition by eliminating Barcelona, which says a lot about their strength and quality.
The semi-final tie will see Real Madrid take on Bayern Munich in a mouth-watering clash with the first leg at the Santiago Bernebeu.
The winners of the tie between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid will be the away team at the final in Lisbon.