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Football: Champions League the priority for Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hinted he will rest a number of key players for his side's crucial Premier League game away to Liverpool on Sunday to concentrate his squad's efforts on the Champions League. Mourinho's men hung on for a 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday night to make them favourites to reach a third final in six years.

Chelsea holds off Atletico Madrid 0-0

Madrid, Apr 22 (EFE).- Chelsea contained Atletico Madrid here Tuesday to come away with a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, setting up a decisive sequel next week in London. Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, were among the roughly 54,000 people who packed Vicente Calderon stadium hoping to see Atleti take a big step toward its first European final in 40 years.

Football: Sunderland boss Poyet sympathises with angry Mourinho

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet tried to console Jose Mourinho after Fabio Borini's controversial penalty condemned the Chelsea manager to a first home league defeat. The Chelsea bench and players were angry at the decision of referee Mike Dean to award a spot-kick at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when Sunderland substitute Jozy Altidore went down under a challenge from Cesar Azpilicueta. Frustrations boiled over with Mourinho and members of his staff forced to drag away assistant coach Rui Faria, who attempted to confront the match official.

Football: Sunderland rain on Mourinho's Chelsea parade

Jose Mourinho suffered his first ever Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge as Sunderland delivered a major blow to Chelsea's title hopes with a controversial 2-1 victory on Saturday. Fabio Borini, on loan from leaders Liverpool, converted a contentious 82nd-minute penalty to secure the win for the league's bottom club. It sparked furious home protests that ended with assistant coach Rui Faria being dragged away from referee Mike Dean by Mourinho and other members of the home side's back-room staff.

Football: Mourinho wants cure for Chelsea travel sickness

Jose Mourinho has told Chelsea to be on their guard as they bid to end a three-match losing streak away from Stamford Bridge when they travel to Swansea on Sunday. Mourinho's men head to south Wales having lost on the road at Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks. Chelsea headed into this weekend in second place in the Premier League table and buoyed by their 2-0 midweek win at home to Paris Saint-Germain that saw them into a Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid.

Football: Mourinho fined, warned for Villa Park conduct

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 ($13,400, 9,700 euros) and warned about his future conduct after being sent off at Aston Villa last month, the Football Association announced on Thursday. A statement on the FA website said: "Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct following an independent regulatory commission hearing."

Football: Spirited Chelsea leave Mourinho aiming high

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed his side's "special spirit" after a dramatic late goal by Demba Ba propelled them into the Champions League semi-finals at Paris Saint-Germain's expense. Despite trimming PSG's 3-1 aggregate lead through Andre Schuerrle, Chelsea were heading out of the competition until Ba bundled home in the 87th minute of Tuesday's quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge to send his team through on away goals.

Football: Spirited Chelsea leave Mourinho aiming high

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed his side's "special spirit" after a dramatic late goal by Demba Ba propelled them into the Champions League semi-finals at Paris Saint-Germain's expense. Despite trimming PSG's 3-1 aggregate lead through Andre Schuerrle, Chelsea were heading out of the competition until Ba bundled home in the 87th minute of Tuesday's quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge to send his team through on away goals.

Football: Hazard sustains calf injury in Chelsea win

Eden Hazard could be sidelined for two weeks after injuring his calf during Chelsea's 2-0 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, manager Jose Mourinho said. "With a muscular problem, even when it's not serious, you cannot play normally for a couple of weeks minimum," Mourinho told a press conference. "But I have no idea of the dimension." Hazard came off after only 18 minutes of the quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge and headed straight down the tunnel.

Football: Chelsea battle back to reach semis, Madrid hold on

Paris-born Demba Ba was the hero as Chelsea advanced to the Champions League semi-finals at Paris Saint-Germain's expense, while Real Madrid also progressed on Tuesday despite a second-leg defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Having lost 3-1 in last week's first leg in France, Chelsea fought back to win 2-0 at Stamford Bridge and go through on away goals to their seventh semi-final in 11 years as substitute Ba netted the decisive goal late on.
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