Chelsea CEO on Atletico, doing the double and their 12th man

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Ron Gourlay has spoken out over the club's Champions League opponents - Atletico Madrid.

Speaking to Sky Sports earlier, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay refuted the insinuation that the Stamford Bridge club drew the pick of Champions League semifinal opponents as they compete against Atletico Madrid over the course of two legs, avoiding reigning champions Bayern Munich and attack-happy Real Madrid.

"There's no easy draws at this stage but the important thing for us was just to be in the semifinal - we would have taken whoever came out the hat," stated Gourlay, before commenting on their fixture landscape as a whole rather than fixating on their 180-minute match-up with Atletico.

"They are a fantastic side but so are the other teams. There will be two fantastic games and we will ensure we are prepared for when they come around, but there are important games before then. With five to weeks to go we're in the semifinal of Champions League and in the shake up of the league - we take that! This is what we work for all season and we're in two competitions. It is very much a case of one game at a time - let's see where we go."

Chelsea have modern pedigree in both domestic tournaments and abroad, fortified by their Champions League success in 2012, Europa League win in 2013 and they aim to reclaim the main European trophy this year, too.

"We'd love to do it again," said Gourlay.

"We have ambition, we're always evolving and we'd love to win back the Premier League too. The key here is to continue building for the future. We're up there competing, we're in a good position. Jose's done well, the players and also backroom staff.

"The 12th man against PSG in the last six or seven minutes pulled us through enormously," he added, in a thanks to the vocal fan-base who gave the team a boost in the crucial concluding moments of their quarterfinal clash at Stamford Bridge against their visitors from France.

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