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Apr 22, 2014

Mourinho’s cautious Chelsea frustrate Atletico

MADRID (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho returned to Spain with an ultra-cautious approach as his team earned a 0-0 draw with surprise Champions League semi-finalists Atletico Madrid in a first leg lacking in excitement on Tuesday.

The stalemate at the Vicente Calderon, which Atletico coach Diego Simeone believes gives Chelsea a slight advantage in next week’s return at Stamford Bridge, came at a cost for the 2012 winners, however.

Apr 22, 2014

Cech, Terry to miss rest of Premier League season

MADRID (Reuters) – Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season after landing heavily and injuring his right elbow in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg.

Captain John Terry will also be sidelined for the last three Premier League games of the campaign after twisting his ankle in the second half but he could be fit for next month’s Champions League final in Lisbon if Chelsea get through.

Apr 22, 2014

Soccer-Cech, Terry to miss rest of Premier League season

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) – Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season after landing heavily and injuring his right elbow in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg.

Captain John Terry will also be sidelined for the last three Premier League games of the campaign after twisting his ankle in the second half but he could be fit for next month’s Champions League final in Lisbon if Chelsea get through.

Apr 22, 2014

Soccer-Atletico frustrated by defence-minded Chelsea

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were locked at 0-0 after their Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday after the Spanish side failed to break down their ultra-cautious visitors at the Calderon.

Atletico, through to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years, dominated the defence-minded 2012 winners but were unable to carve out an advantage ahead of next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Apr 22, 2014

Familiar foe Guardiola blocking Real path to glory

MADRID (Reuters) – The last thing Real Madrid wanted was another Champions League semi-final clash against Bayern Munich and on Wednesday they will need to get the better of a familiar foe who very much appears to have their number.

Pep Guardiola, whose Bayern side play their last four, first leg at the Bernabeu, was appointed as coach of the German champions at the end of last season after taking a year out to recover from a trophy-laden but draining four years in charge of Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona.

Apr 22, 2014

Soccer-Familiar foe Guardiola blocking Real path to glory

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) – The last thing Real Madrid wanted was another Champions League semi-final clash against Bayern Munich and on Wednesday they will need to get the better of a familiar foe who very much appears to have their number.

Pep Guardiola, whose Bayern side play their last four, first leg at the Bernabeu, was appointed as coach of the German champions at the end of last season after taking a year out to recover from a trophy-laden but draining four years in charge of Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona.

Apr 21, 2014

Atletico looking to land another blow on Mourinho

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid sent Jose Mourinho packing without a major trophy in his final season in Spain and the surprise Champions League semi-finalists are itching to land another blow on the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho’s Chelsea play their last four, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday against an Atletico side riding high in La Liga and through to the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 21, 2014

Soccer-Atletico looking to land another blow on Mourinho

MADRID, April 21 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid sent Jose Mourinho packing without a major trophy in his final season in Spain and the surprise Champions League semi-finalists are itching to land another blow on the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho’s Chelsea play their last four, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday against an Atletico side riding high in La Liga and through to the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 20, 2014

Messi free kick ends Barcelona’s nightmare run

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi smashed in a superb free kick to complete a 2-1 comeback win for injury-hit Barcelona at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday that kept alive their slim hopes of a fifth La Liga title in six years.

After a wretched 12 days when they were eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, beaten in the King’s Cup final by Real Madrid and suffered a shock 1-0 reverse at lowly Granada in La Liga, Barca badly needed a morale-boosting victory in front of their fans at the Nou Camp.

Apr 20, 2014

Messi free kick ends Barcelona’s nightmare run

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi smashed in a superb free kick to complete a 2-1 comeback win for injury-hit Barcelona at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday that kept alive their slim hopes of a fifth La Liga title in six years.

After a wretched 12 days when they were eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, beaten in the King’s Cup final by Real Madrid and suffered a shock 1-0 reverse at lowly Granada in La Liga, Barca badly needed a morale-boosting victory in front of their fans at the Nou Camp.