Atletico midfield star: We have more desire than Chelsea

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Gabi has stated that the Spaniards have more will to win than their English opponents ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Chelsea travel to take on a resolute Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night and will need to put their shock loss to Sunderland behind them.

Jose Mourinho’s men will come up against a determined opponent, who knocked Barcelona out of the competition at the last stage.

Atletico midfielder Gabi has been speaking about the clash and has stated that Diego Simeone’s men had more will to win than the Blues.

“We have more desire than anyone. I don't know if we have more capability, but more desire, that's for sure. We're going to try to show that," he told reporters, as quoted by The Daily Mail.

The 30-year-old went on to state that the hosts would look to play their own game.

"Mourinho's teams are tactically very well prepared and will come out to play their game,” Gabi said.

“We have to counter their game with ours, using the wings, looking for Diego. The more successful team will win.”

Fernando Torres will return to his boyhood club, and Gabi has stated that the striker’s work for Atletico in the early days of his career have not been forgotten.

"I called [Torres] after the Barca game. We spoke about many things. It's an emotional moment for him, he has not yet returned to the team of his heart," he added.

"The people, including myself, are very grateful for what he did for the club."

Atletico still have the chance to do a remarkable double, as they are also in the hunt to win La Liga.

The Spaniards beat Elche 2-0 in their last game, with their characteristic team spirit on show once more.

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