Chelsea to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League semi-finals

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

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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."

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.


Mourinho ran down touchline to 'give tactical advice'

Jose Mourinho insisted his run down the touchline during Chelsea's 2-0 win against PSG was not to celebrate Demba Ba's winning goal but to give his players tactical advice.

The Portuguese manager ran down the touchline in scenes reminiscent of when Porto knocked Manchester United out of the competition at Old Trafford in 2004.

The Chelsea manager speaks to his players after the winning goal. Credit: PA Wire

"No, it was not to celebrate. It was to tell the players how we have to play the last 10 minutes," a smiling Mourinho said.

"I had to go there because I knew it would be the only chance I'd have to tell Demba, Fernando [Torres] and Schurrle what we have to do in the last seven minutes.

"It was not to celebrate, but you could see that I can still run."

Jose Mourinho hails Chelsea's 'special spirit'

Jose Mourinho has hailed Chelsea's "special spirit" after his side overturned a two-goal deficit against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Jose Mourinho hailed his side's performance. Credit: PA Wire

A dramatic 87th minute goal from Demba Ba sealed a 2-0 win that saw the Blues progress on away goals.

"A big opponent is waiting for us in the semi-final, but I think it doesn't matter who," Mourinho said.

"They know that we are a team with a special spirit, even if we are not in the maximum of our potential."


Mourinho says Chelsea can stage PSG comeback

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho speaking ahead of tonight's crucial Champions League tie. Credit: PA Wire

Jose Mourinho has said Chelsea can overturn a two-goal deficit in Tuesday night's Champions League second leg against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the semi-finals.

Chelsea must recover from the 3-1 first leg loss in Paris if they are to reach a seventh semi-final in 11 years.

"I think we are going to win, really. In the end of the two legs, I think we are going to score more goals than them," Mourinho said.

"I believe and my players believe. That's the most important thing."

Chelsea prepare for key Champions League match

Jose Mourinho was heavily critical of his side's performance after they lost to PSG last weekend Credit: PA Wire

Chelsea are undertaking their final preparations ahead of their key Champions League match against Paris St-Germain.

The Blues need to overturn a two-goal deficit at Stamford Bridge in order to progress to the next round.

Coverage of the match starts on ITV1 at 19:45

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