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Chelsea have reached to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2014.
The Blues will face Real Madrid on April 27 and May 5. Thomas Tuchel’s side progressed into the semi-finals as they picked up a 2-1 aggregate win over Porto in the quarter-finals.
Last time that Chelsea were in the semi-finals, they faced Atletico Madrid, who eliminated them and ended up as runner up in the Champions League, with Real Madrid taking the desirable trophy home.
In the first leg Chelsea traveled to Madrid and picked up a goalless draw at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. During that time Jose Mourinho was in charge at Chelsea, and here is how they lined up to face Diego Simeone’s side.
Mark Shwarzer, Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Demba Ba, Nathan Ake and Tomas Kalas were among the substitutes.
In the second-leg Chelsea welcomed the La Liga giants in the Stamford Bridge, where they suffered a 1-3 defeat.
Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the 36th minute, however, Adrian Lopes equalised the score by the end of the second-half. Later Diogo Costa’s penalty strike and Arda Turan’s goal handed Atletico a ticket to the Champions League final in Estadio do SL Benfica, Lisbon.
This is how Mourinho chose his team to start:
The substitutions were Hilario, Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Tomas Kalas.
From this squad only Cesar Azpilicueta remains at the team, and he’s the current Chelsea skipper.