Chelsea and Atletico Madrid’s Champions League semi-final hangs firmly in the balance following a tight 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid.
Jose Mourinho set his side’s stall out to defend from the off, and it was a decision which ultimately paid off as the Blues will now feel with home advantage next week they have a great chance of achieving a result which send them to the final in Lisbon next month.
One man who won’t be backing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, however, is former Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The Brazilian head coach has a number of his World Cup squad currently playing for Chelsea and 65-year-old World Cup winning boss feels an early Champions League exit will benefit his players ahead of this summer’s global tournament.
"Against Chelsea, I’m fully behind Atletico Madrid because I will then have four players who are rested for the World Cup.” He was quoted by Spanish newspaper AS.
The four players Scolari refers to are David Luiz, Ramires, Willian and Oscar who along with Paulinho at Tottenham Hotspur have formed a Brazilian contingent in London.
Scolari went on to admit that he recently paid a visit to the English capital and told the five mentioned that they are definitely included in his World Cup squad.
“I was with five players in London and I gave them my trust; ‘You are in my group’, I told them”