Considering the teams remaining in the Champions League this season, the semi-final draw could not have gone any better for Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side.
When you reach the last-four of Europe’s elite competition you are almost invariably going to draw a top side. But the Blues were always likely to fancy a two-legged tie against Atletico Madrid over matches against either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.
Few can call this season’s competition, with Bayern striving to become the first side ever to defend the competition in its current guise, Real chasing their 10th European title and Atletico the form (and surprise) team of the season.
But Chelsea cannot be discounted, and former Real player Roberto Carlos is just one man to echo those feelings.
Speaking to Radio Marca in an interview later published by Sambafoot, the Brazilian legend said, “I have no idea who the favourites are.
“Bayern Munich are playing great football. The way Atletico Madrid are playing, the history of (Real) Madrid, Chelsea with Jose Mourinho. He’s criticised a lot but for me he’s one of the best coaches in the world.”
He will no doubt want to maintain that feeling by taking Chelsea to the final and holding the trophy aloft with the third different club.
But as Carlos said, this year’s competition is currently too hard to call, although the Blues may just have a secret weapon in the Portuguese master desperate to mark his first season back in London with the biggest club cup of them all.