The Blues travel to the Spanish capital to take on Atleti in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night, and this is how we expect the west London club to line up in the Vicente Calderon ….
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GK: Petr Cech
The experienced Czech Republic international was badly missed between the posts against Sunderland on Saturday when his deputy made a costly error, but the shot stopper is expected to have recovered from his illness in time to face the La Liga leaders.
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta
Expect the Spaniard to revert to his more familiar position of right back on his return home to cover for the suspended Branislav Ivanovic.
CB: John Terry
The Blues skipper is sure to be in for a busy evening at the Vicente Calderon trying to keep the home side’s impressive forward line quiet, especially prolific Brazil-born front man Diego Costa.
CB: Gary Cahill
The England international has enjoyed a fine campaign at the heart of the west Londoners’ back four, although the central defender will need to be at his absolute very best against an in-form Atleti side on Tuesday evening.
LB: Ashley Cole
There has been much conjecture as to whether the experienced Englishman will be recalled to the Blues’ starting lineup for the trip to Madrid, however, with few other feasible options, manager Jose Mourinho really has few other alternatives.