Mourinho plays down Madrid clash

April 22, 2014
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho does not believe that the first leg of his side's Champions League semi-final away to Atletico Madrid will be a decisive encounter.

The Blues head to the Vicente Calderon looking for a positive scoreline to take back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg next week, but Mourinho expects the tie to remain in the balance after Tuesday's first leg.

"It is difficult for a Champions League semi-final to be decided in one game," Mourinho told reporters.

"It happens sometimes, but it is difficult to have a result in the first leg that kills the emotion of the second leg.

"I don't know if there is an advantage really. I like to play without thinking too much about it being the first leg away or the second leg away.

"The first game is here and we know Atletico Madrid will do everything to win the game, but it doesn't matter too much where you play the game."

The Blues will be without striker Samuel Eto'o for the clash in Madrid, with the veteran ruled out by a knee problem which could hand a start to former Atletico favourite Fernando Torres.

Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are ineligible for the game, while Branislav Ivanovic is suspended and Eden Hazard is a doubt due to a calf injury.

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