Chelsea v Atletico: Whoever progresses, there will be several great stories behind the final

Champions League

Real Madrid's progression to the final after their 5-0 aggregate win over Bayern Munich will provide several talking points for against either one of Chelsea or Atletico Madrid.

After last night’s crushing victory for Real Madrid over European Champions Bayern Munich, there is still a great story about this season’s Champions League final in Lisbon.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be returning to his home city with the opportunity to be crowned Champions of Europe with the most decorated club in European football.

Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge tonight with the tie delicately poised having played out a goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon.

It offers the opportunity of Jose Mourinho reaching the Champions League final in his home country, and the prospect of a Madrid derby at the Estadio da Luz is a truly mouth-watering prospect.

If Chelsea were to qualify it would have two coaches facing sides they previously managed, and will both have the opportunity to join former Liverpool boss Bob Paisley on three European Cup triumphs. Mourinho has previously claimed the famous trophy with Porto and Inter Milan whilst both of Carlo Ancelotti’s successes came when in charge of AC Milan.

The prospect of a Madrid derby would be fascinating. Real already have one trophy in the cabinet after winning the Copa Del Rey, whilst Atletico look on course to beat their city rivals to the La Liga title this season. A showdown between those two in Lisbon could decide who has the ultimate bragging rights of the season with one of them being crowned European Champions.

Some are anticipating tonight’s clash with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid won’t be the spectacle that they would like in the semi-final of the Champions League, but the victors will provide a great backdrop and plenty to talk about in the build up to the final on May 24th.

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