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Mourinho Set To Hand Liverpool The Title

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he wants to rest key players for Sunday's trip to league leaders Liverpool a move that could well hand Liverpool the title.

Brendan Rodgers side are five points clear of Chelsea with three games left but Mourinho wants to focus on the Blues' Champions League semi-final, level at 0-0 after Tuesday's first leg.

Tactical Review: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea

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Both Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho are adept at masterminding wins when their teams seems to be up against the wall. At the Vicente Calderon,...

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Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he plans to play a weakened side at Liverpool

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he will field a weakened side for this weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool once...

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Video: Diego Costa waves as Chelsea fans chant they will ‘see him next year’

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa offered a wave to Chelsea fans chanting they they will see him next year. The Brazil-born Spain international is...

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Photos: Chelsea players pose after Atletico Madrid game

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Chelsea's stars celebrated a 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid by posting photos after the game. Demba Ba and David Luiz passed time as they...

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Mourinho Parks Bus As Chelsea Draw 0-0 In Madrid

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In as dour a semi-final as you will ever see, Jose Mourinho's parked the bus at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Tuesday night and left Madrid with a goalless draw.

Lone striker Fernando Torres, starting against his former club, was ignored almost all match as Chelsea packed men behind the ball, with Gary Cahill marking Atletico dangerman Diego Costa superbly.

Champions League: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea – Well-Drilled Blues Blunt Atletico Attack In Spanish Shut-Out (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg 22nd April 2014

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea produced one of their trademark disciplined and defensive displays at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night, ultimately coming away with a very valuable 0-0 draw.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Atletico Madrid – Mikel and Cole superb

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Atletico Madrid Mikel and Cole superb - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea battled to a goalless draw in the Spanish capital against Atletico Madrid tonight, with Jose Mourinho's side 90 minutes away from a place in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

The Blues defended strongly throughout the encounter, and although many will claim Chelsea 'parked the bus tonight', there can be no denying the merits of keeping Atletico Madrid from scoring in the Vicente Calderon, something only Barcelona and Real Madrid have managed to do this season before tonight.

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea: Key Observations As The Blues Battle To A Draw

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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea: Key Observations As The Blues Battle To A Draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi final at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night.

Neither side grabbed the tie by the scruff of the neck as they cancelled each other out.

Petr Cech out of Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool, John Terry doubtful

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Chelsea have picked up a couple of key injuries ahead of their crunch game at Liverpool this weekend. The Blues' Champions League semi-final...

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Top 10 conclusions: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea

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1. 19th century football is in the eye of the beholder A rearguard action is quite acceptable when it's a Jose Mourinho side who are the...

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Video: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres chanting for Diego Simeone as a child

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Fernando Torres returns to boyhood club Atletico Madrid with Chelsea this evening and he'll go up against one of his former heroes....

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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final, 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Two of the most defensive teams in Europe clash today in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. This one could be a very tense affair indeed.

Today's TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States is:

All times Eastern

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Atletico Madrid:Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe; Mario, Gabi; Koke, Raul Garcia, Diego; Costa

Subs:Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Tiago, Sosa, Arda Turan, Cristian Rodriguez, David Villa.

Scythe Matters - AFR Voice Ep.37 Well, it’s been an interesting...

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Scythe Matters - AFR Voice Ep.37

Well, it's been an interesting Easter weekend for David Moyes. First he was stared down by the Grim Reaper at Goodison Park, and now his sacking is confirmed. We'll be taking a look at what's gone wrong for the Scotsman, and who the Red Devils can turn to next.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea: Mourinho to start with a False Nine again?

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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.

L’Atletico di Simeone contro il Chelsea di Mourinho. Osservato speciale l’ex Torres

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Prendono il via questa sera, con la gustosa sfida tra i Colchoneros di Diego Pablo Simeone e i Blues di Josè Mourinho, le semifinali di Champions League. Andata al Vicente Calderon, prima tappa a Madrid (che sar grande palcoscenico domani nello scontro tra titani, tra il Real di Ancelotti e il Bayern dell'ex Barca, Guardiola, [.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea - The best Video Promo's

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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!





Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

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La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid take on Premier League's second-placed Chelsea in the first-leg of this battle to reach the UEFA Champions League...

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Atletico v Chelsea: Four Key battles that will decide the outcome

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Atletico v Chelsea: Four Key battles that will decide the outcome - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea travel to the daunting Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night to take on Chelsea in the first leg of the mouth watering semi final in the Champions League. The Blues suffered a shock defeat on Saturday losing 2-1 to relegation threatened Sunderland which severely dented their Premier League title aspirations.

Soccer TV: Atletico Madrid – Chelsea

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Atletico Madrid host Chelsea in the first-leg of their Champions League semifinal on Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Eto'o out, Hazard and Cech back in squad as we head to Madrid.

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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.

Rodgers: Reds Must Stay Grounded

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Boss Brendan Rodgers says it is important Liverpool keep their feet on the ground as they prepare for a huge game against Chelsea.
The Reds took another step closer to their first Premier League title as they defeated Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road, but Rodgers says they cannot get carried away.
England World Cup hopeful Raheem Sterling scored twice and Uruguay hitman Luis Suarez broke the 30-goal barrier as the Reds moved five points clear of Chelsea, who they host at Anfield next weekend.

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Manchester United set to beat Chelsea for £30m defender

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Manchester United set to beat Chelsea for £30m defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have won the race to sign Luke Shaw, according to reports from The Guardian, and a large share of credit goes to ex-manager David Moyes for securing the deal in place.

The 18-year-old has had a fantastic campaign for Southampton this season and could be a part of Roy Hodgson's squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Chelsea looking to hijack €45m Manchester United target?

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Chelsea looking to hijack €45m Manchester United target? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The William Carvalho transfer saga is getting interesting now. If the reports are to be believed scouts of top European clubs are spending their valuable time watching him week after week.

He is a young solid defensive midfielder who is technically sound and has been in tremendous form so, ticks all the boxes you need.

Barcelona still eager to move for €35m Chelsea star

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Barcelona still eager to move for €35m Chelsea star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona are confident the two-year transfer ban imposed on them will soon be lifted, and have targeted David Luiz of Chelsea yet again.

The Mirror reported couple of days back that Barcelonaofficials are now so convinced of at least a temporary reprieve and hence they've started actively negotiating for players.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line up against Atletico Madrid

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line up against Atletico Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will face La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg semi-final of the Champions League.

The Blues suffered a huge blow in the Premier League title race, after they were defeated by bottom club Sunderland 2-1 at the Bridge.

English Premier League

Will Cech injury mean an early Chelsea return for Courtois?

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Will Cech injury mean an early Chelsea return for Courtois? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Standing at the opposite end of the pitch, Thibaut Courtois will probably not have had a particularly good view of the injury sustained by Chelsea's Peter Cech early in the Champions League semi-final at the Vicente Calderon stadium last night.

Jose Mourinho Threatens to Rest Key Players For Match Against Liverpool: Nightly Soccer Report

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has threatened to rest key players for his club's game against Liverpool at Anfield this Sunday. If Mourinho follows through on his promise, his actions will undoubtedly anger Manchester City supporters as they may feel that Chelsea will wreck City's best chance to win the league if Chelsea can defeat Liverpool this weekend.

The strange case of the Arsenal defence

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Normally, you would safely say that any team which had been beaten 6-0, 5-1 and 6-3, like Arsenal were, in the same season, had a serious problem with their defense. But that is not really the case with the Gunners. If you take way those 17 goals in three games, Arsenal have only conceded 24 [...]

Man City dreaming of a Terry-Kompany partnership?

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Man City dreaming of a Terry-Kompany partnership? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Approaching the summer transfer window, where rumours appear more than stars in the sky, an interesting and unexpected one has emerged concerning Chelsea skipper John Terry. According to the Daily Mail, Man City are scheming a cheeky little move to pinch a highly experienced individual from under the noses of one of their closest rivals.

Arsenal CAN still finish 2nd or 3rd in Premier League

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Just over a week ago, most of us Arsenal fans were seriously worried about losing an FA cup semi-final to Wigan Athletic and slipping out of the top four, behind the in-form Everton of Roberto Martinez. O Ye of little faith, which includes me as well. Although it is still possible that the Gunners will [.

Arsenal: Bitter Premier League rivals gunning for key French duo?

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Arsenal: Bitter Premier League rivals gunning for key French duo? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are hoping that they can tie down star defender Laurent Koscielny to a new contract, having opened negotiations with the Frenchman on the weekend, but the saga of Bacary Sagna is trundling on, with Liverpool and Manchester City among the clubs watching proceedings with interest.

Chelsea plan shock move for Arsenal defender

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Chelsea plan shock move for Arsenal defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are lining up a shock move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen in the summer according to reports in the Guardian.

We had earlier reported that the Belgian is well on the radar of Italian side Napoli as he has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal thanks to mercurial rise of the centre back defensive partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea Team Are On Precipice of Achieving Greater Success

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I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Jose Mourinho's post-match despair following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland was not born out of the fact the result had just about handed the ascendency in the title race to Liverpool but rather the fact that Jose Mourinho's outstanding record of seventy seven Premier League matches unbeaten at Stamford Bridge spanning across two spells at the club had been broken without the Chelsea team truly being his own.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 35

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Referee Mike Dean was kept very busy at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with two key incidents changing the course of the game. The first was an obvious elbow from Ramireson Sebastien Larsson(see photo above). Dean was perfectly placed, but didn't spot the clash as he had given advantage to Chelsea.

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Atletico, Chelsea play to drab scoreless draw in Spain

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are not the most attack-minded teams, and that was as apparent as ever on Tuesday.

Playing in the first match of their two-legged UEFA Champions League semifinals series, the two clubs settled for a scoreless draw at Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Video: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech forced off with an injury

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Will top striker be enough for Arsenal to counter big teams?

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Why this season has shown that talent isn't everything unless you're a striker by KJ This season has been an odd one, Arsenal fans. We've got Liverpool who will most likely win the Premier League title this season and we've got Atletico Madrid who will most likely win La Liga this season as well as [.

Video: Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho says he feels sorry for sacked Man Utd boss David Moyes

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he feels sorry for David Moyes after he was sacked from his job as Manchester United manager. The Blues boss was...

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European Weekend Rewind: Sunderland stun Chelsea; Barcelona rally to defeat Bilbao; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After 77 straight league home matches without a loss, Jose Mourinho has now tasted defeat inside Stamford Bridge and it could not have come at a worse time for his Chelsea team.

Second-place Chelsea lost 2-1 on Saturday to last-place Sunderland, who won on an 82nd-minute penalty kick from Fabio Borini.