Bookies now odds-on across the board about a Madrid first leg win in the Champions League
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Jose Mourinho has been largely avoiding the media in the past few weeks and Saturday’s post-match press conference amounted to little more than a quick statement where the Chelsea manager made some sarcastic comments regarding the perceived refereeing decisions which have apparently decided the outcome of the Premier League title.
While a domestic title triumph looks unlikely, perhaps this is the season where Chelsea win the Champions League for the second time in three seasons, with bet365 offering 4/1 about the visitors winning at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night.
Mourinho is no stranger to Madrid having previously been manager of Real, although he will be missing Samuel Eto’o for this first leg encounter and it would be a risk to play Eden Hazard considering the Belgian has only just overcome an injury that has kept him out since the Blues beat Paris Saint-Germain.
It’s hard to pass up the chance to back Atletico at odds of 19/20 to win this match, with the Spanish side a similar price to qualify over two legs and Diego Simeone has guided this team to the top of La Liga and past Barcelona in the previous round of the Champions League.
Raul Garcia, the Atletico midfielder has said ahead of the game: “Mourinho doesn’t scare us obviously. It’s only a game of football. We know we have an opponent in front of us and they will do all they can to go through. But if we are anything ourselves, we are a very competitive team with huge ambition that want to win. We have no fear but we do respect them.”
Beating Barcelona was a huge plus for this team and a 1-0 victory looks highly backable at odds of 5/1, while you can get odds of 2/1 with Betfred that the home side win to nil against a team who were beaten 3-1 in Paris in the previous round before struggling through at Stamford Bridge.
Given that Branislav Ivanovic is injured and that Mourinho could plump for Andre Schurrle ahead of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, we’re set for a one-sided match where Atletico go close to booking their place in the final.