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30th-Apr-2014

Atletico braced for counter-punching Chelsea

By AFP, London

Atletico Madrid will expect another exhibition of ultra-disciplined counter-punching from Chelsea when the teams reconvene for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Chelsea emerged from last week's first leg with a 0-0 draw after a cautious display in which they enjoyed only 38 percent of possession and mustered five attempts at goal to Atletico's 26.
Jose Mourinho's side were at it again on Sunday, relaunching their Premier League title bid with a 2-0 success at leaders Liverpool after again surrendering possession and playing on the counter-attack.
Chelsea's approach was criticised by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who dismissively described their tactics as "not difficult to coach", but it was effective, and Atletico will be braced for more of the same.
Chelsea's form has oscillated wildly in recent weeks, with performances such as the victory at Liverpool, a 6-0 demolition of Arsenal and the 2-0 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-final second leg interspersed with shock losses to Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sunderland.