Following on from my predicted "weaker" team to face Liverpool this weekend, I want to have a look at the possible starting eleven the manager will look to start with against Atletico to take us through to our second Champions League Final in three years!
As I have said previously, this is our best chance of silverware and Mourinho will set his side up to remain compact defensively, but to also attack Simeone's side.
I have been thinking about Jose's idea of a weaker team to face Liverpool on Sunday and have come up with the starting eleven that I believe we could see at Anfield. I am interested in reading your opinions.
Now we have to take plenty of things into consideration here. Suspensions for the second leg, people that are likely to miss out and players who need a game based on the fact that Jose Mourinho would already be thinking of his best eleven for Wednesday night.
Much of the talk after the game and I am sure in days to come will be of the comments made by Jose Mourinho in relation to Chelsea's trip to Anfield, just three days before the second leg of our Champions League semi final with Atletico Madrid.
The manager revealed that Chelsea had requested with the Premier League and Liverpool Football Club to bring the game forward in assist our aim of reaching the final of the Champions League, giving us an additional day to recover and that was denied by both parties.
Chelsea produced a fantastic defensive display in Madrid last night and battled their way to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of our Champions League semi final against Atletico. However, the ninety minutes have proven costly with injuries to Petr Cech and John Terry and suspensions to Frank Lampard and Mikel.
With Samuel Eto'o left behind, the comments made by Jose Mourinho about Fernando Torres were key and I am wondering if Mourinho plans to start with a "False Nine" again tonight against Atletico Madrid.
Of course Torres could start, so could Demba Ba for that matter but for me with doubts remaining over the match fitness of Eden Hazard, Mourinho could come up with a tactical surprise in the first leg.
Surprising news yesterday afternoon that Eden Hazard HAS been named in the 20-man squad that travelled to Madrid despite sitting out the morning training session. If he's fit enough to be named in the squad, would you start him tonight?
Before you answer there are plenty of things to think about here.
We are just hours away from kick off. It's a game we have all been looking forward to ever since the draw was made. Diego Costa and Courtois against Chelsea, Fernando Torres against his hometown club. Here are a selection of the best video promo's to really set the scene for tonight!
Eden Hazard and Petr Cech both return to the Chelsea squad for today's trip to Madrid ahead of our Champions League semi final first leg but Samuel Eto'o is out with a knee problem.
Eto'o joins Branislav Ivanovic (suspended), Mohamed Salah (cup tied) and Nemanja Matic (cup tied) on the sidelines as we nervously await kick off tomorrow night.
Chelsea headed into the game yesterday against Sunderland knowing that a win would take us top of the league and would have put real pressure on Liverpool. The complete opposite happened as Sunderland won 2-1, Jose Mourinho's home record is over and earlier this afternoon, Liverpool have beaten Norwich to take a five point lead with three games to go in the title race.
This evening, Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea team have a chance to put huge pressure on Liverpool by beating Sunderland and moving top of the Premier League by a single point before Liverpool face Norwich tomorrow. Sunderland is as big as any other game we have played this season.
Take our title challenge that looked like being over with defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, take Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record in the Premier League and take current form into consideration and you would have this down on paper as a Chelsea win.
According to a newspaper report this morning, John Terry will be offered a new contract to stay at Chelsea but, in order to do so, will have to halve his current (reported) £150,000 a week wages.
What can you say about Captain Fantastic? Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong and even more so this season.
Make no mistake, the game against Sunderland tomorrow is as big as any we have played this season. I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this to pick the Chelsea eleven to face Sunderland.
Now we have some things to consider before you reach your verdict. Branislav Ivanovic is suspended for the first leg against Atletico Madrid and as we know by now, Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are both ineligible having already played for Basel and Benfica in the Champions League this season.
Last night Chelsea's U18's side were looking to book their place in their third consecutive FA Youth Cup final, which by any standards is a remarkable achievement but on top of that it was also represent a fifth final in seven years which just goes to highlights Chelsea's recent dominance in this competition.
Well who would have predicted that result last night apart from the Sunderland faithful at Eastlands? Man City are now playing a chasing game after drawing 2-2 at home last night. Surely that result hands the advantage to Liverpool and Chelsea in the title race!
If you ask me, it was perfect and sets everything up perfectly for next weekend at Anfield with Chelsea being just two points behind the league leaders.