Chelsea latest: Terry hits out, Jose to United? Liverpool star warns Blues

Atletico Madrid

All the latest news from SW6 including this evening's Champions League test against Atletico Madrid, the trip to Liverpool and Manchester United rumours.

Chelsea contend the first half of their two-legged Champions League semifinal this evening against the above, a well-oiled football machine who, under the tactical guidance of defensive master Diego Simeone, could oust the duopoly that has existed in La Liga for so long.

Yes, Atletico Madrid have a stranglehold on Spain's Primera Division, leading both Real Madrid and Barcelona, and Jose Mourinho's Blues take on the title-chasing Rojiblancos away from home in a manor in which Atletico are unbeaten in league football this season and have conceded just nine times from 18 games.

"There is a big motivation from every player," said Jose Mourinho at the pre-match press conference. "Every player wants to play," he added. "The ones not chosen are not happy, the others are happy."

One player who would be desperate to feature prominently at the Vicente Calderon is Fernando Torres, as Mourinho explained: "I'm not saying Fernando will not start, he never hides. Every day we speak about Spanish football… he is a real Atletico supporter, a big one, but he is a professional so I have no doubts that the minutes he is on the pitch he is going to try to do everything for Chelsea."

Captain John Terry, meanwhile, has hit out at the club's critics, claiming that while there are those who write the team off it is the Blues who always prove their doubters wrong - take the overturning of the PSG result as one, very recent, example.

"People have always written us off, saying we don’t have a chance and then we go on and win it. Look back at the Paris game, 3-1 down and everyone writes you off. That has been Chelsea over the years," said Terry to Evening Standard.

"In life and in football you have to experience those bad times to really appreciate the love for the Champions League. We have fought and come close year after year — the big Barcelona games, semi-finals against Liverpool and then to finally do it in 2012, when no one expected us to, was a real achievement for the club and the players here at the time.

"Atletico are flying in the League over there against two of the best sides in the world in Real Madrid and Barcelona. It will be a really tough game. The players are aware of that, the manager has made sure we know how good they are and we will be there with our game heads on.

"As players we want to be in big finals and big games lifting the trophy. That’s the dream."

Elsewhere, HITC: Sport published a report earlier indicating an opinion of talkSPORT columnist Stan Collymore - that Jose Mourinho would relish the opportunity of managing Manchester United; even if it meant turning his back on Chelsea after just one season back at Stamford Bridge.

Looking forward to the weekend, Chelsea travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Sunday, April 27. Their star of the moment Raheem Sterling, though, has warned the club's visitors that the Reds are in confident mood as they look to enhance their lead at the top of the Premier League.

"Everyone in the changing room is really up for it. It is a really big part of the season and we will just go in there to fight again," he said, as reported by ESPN. "We just want to take care of what is happening on the pitch. We want to get three more points. We come in every day, we see each other and we know what the dream is. We are keeping each other modest.

"If we keep working hard, there is a real goal at the end of it. We just have to keep our heads down, keep working hard and concentrate on Chelsea. We are working for each other and fighting for our lives. I don't think we are nervous, we just know what we can get out of it."

And finally, below is a photograph of Torres being swamped by local media in Madrid…

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