Great Champions League comebacks

As Arsenal hope for a Champions League miracle, here's the other teams who pulled off the impossible.

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Chelsea may field weakened side against Liverpool

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that he could field a weakened team against Liverpool on Sunday as he prioritises the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid.

The Blues are five points behind Liverpool with just three games to go after Saturday's damaging 2-1 home defeat against Sunderland, leaving the Champions League as their biggest chance of silverware this season.

Jose Mourinho pictured during last night's 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid. Credit: PA Wire

"I can't decide by myself, that's a decision where I have to listen to the club. I'm just a piece, the manager and no more than that," Mourinho said after the 0-0 draw in Madrid.

"We represent English football, we are the only English team in Europe. Spain has four teams and gives them all the conditions to have success.

"I know what I would do but I have to speak with the club. I would play with the players that are not going to play Wednesday."

Chelsea suffer injury setbacks in Atletico game

Chelsea's first-leg draw with Atletico Madrid was marred by injuries to goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain John Terry.

Cech was ruled out for the season with a dislocated shoulder and Terry suffered an ankle injury to rule him out of next Wednesday's second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's Cezch goalkeeper Petr Cech is attended to after being injured. Credit: PA Wire

Jose Mourinho's selection problems are mounting after Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel were ruled out of the second leg through suspension while Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard also struggling with injuries.

"Petr Cech's season over. And John - we have to play the final for him to play with us," Mourinho said.

"We had problems before the game, we had problems during the game, we lost four players during the game, two with injuries, two with yellow cards, but we will fight."

Read: Chelsea in stalemate at Atletico Madrid in first leg

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Chelsea players leave for stadium ahead of Atletico tie

Read: A guide to Chelsea's Champions League semi-final opponents

Chelsea fans in Madrid ahead of Atletico semi-final

Chelsea fans enjoying a beer in central Madrid ahead of tonight's game.
Chelsea fans are hoping to see their side progress to the final. Credit: PA Wire
Chelsea will face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid if they overcome Atletico. Credit: PA Wire

Read: A guide to Chelsea's Champions League semi-final opponents

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David Luiz 'still thirsty' for Champions League glory

Chelsea defender David Luiz has said he is "still thirsty" for Champions League glory ahead of Chelsea's semi-final against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

The Brazilian defender was part of the Chelsea side who lifted the famous trophy in 2012, and he is keen to repeat the feat in the final next month.

Chelsea's David Luiz. Credit: PA Wire

"We are all enthusiastic, playing in a semi-final is important for all. Atletico have great history and have won many titles. It's a dream to play in a semi-final, I was lucky enough to play [in the final] two years ago and I'm still thirsty for it," Luiz said.

"Everybody has a dream, tomorrow will be a great game and I'm privileged to play in such big matches.

"I think we have a great team, we've managed to reach the semi-final, we all want to win and let's hope we can get to the final."

Read: Mourinho focused on Champions League semi-final

Mourinho focused on Champions League semi-final

Jose Mourinho insisted his only focus was Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid as he refused to discuss the London side's domestic difficulties.

The Blues face Atletico in the first leg of the European tie on Tuesday night as they aim to put a damaging loss to Sunderland behind them.

Jose Mourinho refused to discuss his side's domestic troubles. Credit: PA Wire

"If you want to speak about the Premier League you have 19 teams in England that you can speak with," Mourinho said.

"We are lucky to be involved in the Champions League, so we are lucky that in the next two days we don't think about the Premier League and what's happened and what is going to happen because now we only think about (the match)."

Mourinho has never led Chelsea into the Champions League final after previously losing against Liverpool in two semi-finals during his previous stint as manager.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can play against Chelsea

On-loan Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can face parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals, UEFA has said.

It was reported that Chelsea would demand a significant fee from the Spanish side if they were drawn together to allow the 21-year-old to play but the European football body said it expects Courtois to face the London side.

Thibaut Courtois is on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea. Credit: Reuters

"Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA disciplinary regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match," a statement read.

"It follows that any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as UEFA is concerned.

"Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA disciplinary regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly."

Read: Chelsea to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League

Chelsea to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League

Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Blues are the last-remaining English side in the competition after beating Paris Saint-Germain on away goals on Tuesday.

Chelsea captain John Terry. Credit: Reuters

Bayern Munich will play Real Madrid in the other tie.

The first legs will be played on April 22-23 and the second legs on April 29-30.

The final of the competition will be held at Benfica's Estadio Da Luz in Lisbon on May 24.

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