Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid: Key Takeaways from Jose Mourinho's Pregame Presser

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Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid: Key Takeaways from Jose Mourinho's Pregame Presser
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Chelsea needs to win against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday to make it three European finals in as many years.

After a goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon last week, the Blues hold the slight edge over Diego Simeone's side going into the clash.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is aiming to win a third Champions League title, having won the competition with Porto and Inter Milan.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's game, the Portuguese confirmed that talismanic midfielder Eden Hazard was available for selection, having missed out last week through injury, per ESPN's Miguel Delaney:

However, despite being in training on Tuesday, as reported by BBC Sport, first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech will not be fit to play, per Agence France-Presse's Tom Williams:

This will mean that Mark Schwarzer will take his place in between the posts, a huge responsibility for the Aussie shot-stopper as Atleti will be desperate to claim an away goal that would make them favourites for the tie. 

Williams also reported the confirmed fitness of John Terry, sitting alongside Mourinho in the press conference, after he had left the field injured in Madrid:

After the first leg, Mourinho had seemingly ruled Terry out of the return match, but his presence in the side will be a huge fillip for the West London outfit. 

Terry missed the crucial penalty in 2008's Champions League final, which saw Chelsea lose to Manchester United and he was suspended for their 2012 triumph against Bayern Munich, a fact which Mourinho addressed, per Delaney:

The Chelsea manager has received heavy criticism in the last week for setting up very defensive sides against both Atletico and Liverpool in the Blues' 2-0 league win at Anfield on Sunday.

However, it has returned Mourinho the result he wanted on both occasions and it is unlikely that Stamford Bridge will play host to free-flowing attacking from the Blues.

Asked about his defensive tactics and whether they would be repeated on Wednesday, his reply was reported by Delaney and The Times' Oliver Kay:

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers criticised Chelsea's tactics following his team's loss, as reported by Andy Hunter in The Guardian.

But Mourinho revealed that Rodgers in fact called to congratulate him following the match, per Rob Harris of the Associated Press:

A final boost for Chelsea fans—along with news of the fitness of various players—is that Mourinho revealed he wanted to stay at the club for some time yet, per Delaney again:

While he is not necessarily the most popular man in the world amongst opposition managers and fans, Mourinho's—and subsequently Chelsea's—success has made him a legend of the club.

He was philosophical about whether his team would reach the Champions League final in Lisbon:

Chelsea will be desperate not to concede a goal tomorrow, as that would require them to score twice, but recent performances have shown they are up to the task of shutting out the best sides.

Atletico will be looking to score early, which may open them up slightly, a factor that will encourage Mourinho and Chelsea's attack-minded players.

Along with Cech, Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel will be missing through suspension.

But the return of Terry and Hazard could prove pivotal with one marshalling the back line and the other attacking the Madrid goal in the hope of bagging the winner for his side.

 

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