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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: Torres one of us, says Atletico boss Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insisted Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will be given a hero's welcome on his first return to the Vicente Calderon as a visiting player. Torres, who left Atletico to join Liverpool in 2007 after making over 200 appearances for the club, will be in the Chelsea squad for the Champions League semi-final first leg in the Spanish capital on Tuesday. And Simeone is sure he will be received warmly before and after the game, even if tribal tendencies take over during the 90 minutes.

Football: Torres one of us, says Atletico boss Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insisted Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will be given a hero's welcome on his first return to the Vicente Calderon as a visiting player. Torres, who left Atletico to join Liverpool in 2007 after making over 200 appearances for the club, will be in the Chelsea squad for the Champions League semi-final first leg in the Spanish capital on Tuesday. And Simeone is sure he will be received warmly before and after the game, even if tribal tendencies take over during the 90 minutes.

Atletico Madrid stoked for Champions clash with Chelsea

Madrid, Apr 21 (EFE).- The Uruguayan who leads the stingiest defense in La Liga exuded a winning mentality Monday as he and his Atletico Madrid teammates geared up for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Chelsea. "You have to win," Diego Godin said in an interview with Agencia EFE. "To win, to win however you can and, if they don't score goals against you, even better."

Atletico Madrid stoked for Champions clash with Chelsea

Madrid, Apr 21 (EFE).- The Uruguayan who leads the stingiest defense in La Liga exuded a winning mentality Monday as he and his Atletico Madrid teammates geared up for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Chelsea. "You have to win," Diego Godin said in an interview with Agencia EFE. "To win, to win however you can and, if they don't score goals against you, even better."

Football: Atletico Madrid v Chelsea factfile

Factfile on Atletico Madrid and Chelsea ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg tie at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday: Form: Atletico need to win just three of their remaining four La Liga games to win the title for the first time since coach Diego Simeone played for the club 18 years ago. Friday's hard-fought 2-0 win over Elche stretched their winning run to eight games in domestic competition and they have been similarly strong in Europe this season.

Football: Barca boss Martino unhappy with season's work

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has admitted that he has been disappointed with his own performance in his debut season in charge of the Catalans as they look set to miss out on a major trophy for the first time in six years. Martino's men were beaten 2-1 by Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday to seal a terrible week as they lost three consecutive games in three different competitions.

Season on the line for Atletico Madrid

Madrid, Apr 18 (EFE).- April will be a "very decisive month" for Atletico Madrid as it fights to stay atop the Spanish first division and prepares for a Champions League semifinal against Chelsea, top striker Diego Costa says. "We know everything we are playing for this month, but the team has the (right) mentality, strength and conviction and we will give it our all," the Atleti star said. The Colchoneros host Elche on Friday at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid.

Football: Diego Costa to miss Barcelona return

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is expected to miss his side's Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Barcelona, but has not torn his hamstring as first feared, the club confirmed on Wednesday. The Spanish international had to be replaced after pulling up just 29 minutes into Tuesday' 1-1 draw in the first leg between the top two sides in La Liga at the Camp Nou. Atletico confirmed via their official Twitter account that Costa had not suffered a tear, but rather a "grade one strain in his right hamstring".

Football: Atletico not inferior to Barca, insists Godin

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin believes his side will relish being labelled as underdogs ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, first leg away to Barcelona on Tuesday. Diego Simeone's men lead Barca by a point in La Liga with just seven games remaining and progressed to the last eight of Europe's top club competition for the first time in 17 years with ease after hammering AC Milan 5-1 in the last 16. And Godin insisted they have no fear of facing Barca having already drawn with the Catalans on three occasions so far this season.
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