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Atletico Madrid\'s Diego Costa celebrates his goal during their Spanish first division soccer match against Elche at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid April 18, 2014.
Diego Costa is Atletico Madrid\'s top scorer in all competitions this season with 35 goals. Reuters

Atletico Madrid play hosts to Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon for the Champions League semi-final first leg clash on Tuesday evening.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45 BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1 and UTV. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Atletico come into this fixture on the back of an unbeaten run of 12 matches in all competitions. They edged closer to winning the La Liga title after beating Elche, 2-0 at home in their previous league fixture.

Miranda opened the scoring in the 72<sup>nd minute and Diego Costa then secured the three points from the penalty spot in injury time. Following Barcelona's 2-1 victory against Athletic Bilbao, the Rojiblancos are four points clear on top of the table with 85 points after playing 34 matches.

Diego Simeone's side overcame the Catalan giants in the quarterfinal of the Champions League with an aggregate score of 2-1 over the two legs. The Argentinean will be hoping that his side can gain the upper hand against Chelsea in the first leg at the Spanish capital along with a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, the west London club suffered a setback in the race for the Premier League title after they were beaten 1-2 by Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring for the home side but Connor Wickham and a Fabio Borini penalty helped the Black Cats secure all three points.

Jose Mourinho
The Champions League is probably the only silveware Chelsea and Jose Mourinho could win this season. Reuters

Jose Mourinho's side are currently second in the league table having amassed 75 points from 35 matches, five points behind league leaders Liverpool.

The Blues overcame reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League quarterfinal fixture on away goals rule as both legs produced an aggregate score of 3-3.

The European competition is probably the only chance for the Portuguese tactician to win silverware this season. Mourinho will certainly be keen on keeping the Atletico strikers at bay, while rooting for his side to nick the valuable away goal to take back to England.

What Managers Say

Diego Simeone: "We aren't the same, but we have similar approaches. One is the least scored defence in the Premier and so are we in the Spanish League. Furthermore, they have a game that's quite direct and a good set piece. It's a Champions semifinal and I imagine a close match, decided by the details or by individual technical quality, powered by team work."

Jose Mourinho: "No team is at the Champions semifinals without being a great team and Atlético is no exception. It's a team we've studied, analysed and respect. It's a good team. They're also fighting for the League, therefore they're an important team. I like to play without thinking too much about it being the first leg away or the second leg away. The first game is here and we know Atletico Madrid will do everything to win the game."

Team Form

Atletico Madrid\'s Jorge
Koke celebrates after scoring the winner in the Champions League second leg fixture against Barcelona. Reuters

Atletico Madrid

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W D
  • Last Result: Atletico Madrid 2-0 Elche


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W W L
  • Last Result: Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland

Team News

Atletico Madrid

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe; Tiago, Gabi, Koke; Garcia, Costa, Rodriguez


  • Injured: Samuel Eto'o (knee), Nemanja Matic (ineligible), Mohamed Salah (ineligible)
  • Doubtful: Eden Hazard (calf)
  • Suspended: Branislav Ivanovic

Probable Lineup: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard, Willian, Oscar, Schurrle; Torres