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

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

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 and FOX 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.

Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; David Luiz, Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Torres, Willian

Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Ake, Van Ginkel, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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

  1. Ianor says:

    Here we go. Road to lisbon?

  2. CTBlues says:

    I wonder what kind of behind closed doors agreement Chelsea and Atletico came to to allow Courtois play.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      UEFA gave Atletico the OK to play Courtois and said that no contract clause could prevent him from playing.

      • CTBlues says:

        UEFA’s word doesn’t make a legally binding contract null and void. Chelsea if they so choose to could take Atletico to court, so in the best interest of both clubs I’m sure they came to some sort of agreement.

        • Clampdown says:

          You’re assuming it’s legally binding. From what I’ve read elsewhere, UEFA prohibits such arrangements in loan deals.

          • Ken says:

            Wrong. 100% wrong.

          • Clampdown says:

            Hey Ken. I don’t claim to know 100%. However, according to UEFA’s statement on the issue, such clauses are “null, void, and unenforceable.”

            That sounds like UEFA prohibits it, no?

      • Ken says:

        They didn’t say that at all. They said any such clause was not their concern and was between the clubs. They did say that if asked they would not enforce it. Chelsea never said they wanted it enforcing and knew they could not and would not but they did want the money agreed to that in no way broke any UEFA rules.

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    Nice to see FOX picking up on what NBC has been doing so well with the footage of the players in the tunnel before the match.

  4. Christopher Harris says:

    MARTIN TYLER AND ALAN SMITH!

  5. Bo says:

    Oh, no Gus and wynalda? Now I got to listen with the sound on.

  6. Burnsey says:

    And Liverpool get another break….Swartzer now in goal…remember Sunderland last Saturday?

  7. Tony Butterworth says:

    Pretty clear that Luiz two hand pushed the AM player into Cech. I am not listening with sound on but was that even mentioned ?

    Time to recall Courtois from loan ?

    • Jake says:

      Yeah it’s his fault Cech got injured. Why did he needlessly pushed the guy down. Madness from hum and he’s cost his team.

  8. Burnsey says:

    I would call this “parking the bus”…. I guess it’s OK when Mourinho does it.

  9. Ianor says:

    So far soo good for josee!

  10. Burnsey says:

    Time for the circus….here are the clowns…Gus and Eric

  11. insert name here says:

    Holy jaysus Chelsea are so mind numbingly boring… Mourinho complains about park the bus 19th century football but his sides are the best at using those very tactics even if his squads cost a fortune….Only Atletico are trying to score here. Chelsea are turning this into a snoozefest… Hopefully Atletico score a early goal in the second half so Chelsea have to show some ambition but I doubt it ..Come on Atletico..

  12. Burnsey says:

    What exactly is Melchiot breaking to the half time show?

  13. M owen says:

    Didn’t Jose give lecture about other teams wasting time?

  14. Jake says:

    This game is horrible to watch. Atleti look like a less effective version of Stoke under Pulis. They launch bomb after bomb in the Chelsea box it’s bad viewing. Keep the ball on the damn ground. They’re playing right into Chelsea’s hands.

  15. Ianor says:

    I would rathar have taken 1 nil loss than losing the experienced trio terry,lampard,cech and as well mikel. Its massive below but take away nothing the boys deserve a lot of credits the played and defended well they defied the odds again in mudrid. Lisbon gets closer and closer.

  16. Flyvanescence says:

    Apparently the only thing interesting about this game was that chelseas physio saw a lot of action

  17. Gerry says:

    That was 17th century football and to think Mourinho was a big part of it. Even Pulis has Palace playing better football than Mourinho. Who would have thought it.

  18. Eddie says:

    Booooooooooring! At least two clubs who want to play will be at it tomorrow. Looking forward to some actual football.

  19. thebennyp says:

    You expected Chelsea to come out firing after 1. Their Keeper was out on the road? Jose would love to take 0-0 after their top keeper was out and hope for the counter attack goal.

    For everybody that calls this game boring then you truly don’t understand 2 legged football. It’s bound to happen. Chelsea wasn’t going to overly attack and get caught on a counter when they have the next leg at home.

  20. Cody (#2) says:

    90 minutes of my life i’ll never get back.

    I’ve been watching football since 1999 & can enjoy a tactical defensive battle with the best of them, but that was pretty boring.

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