Whichever way you were going to slice it, this season’s Champions Leagues semi-final was going to offer up two hugely exciting ties.

Atletico Madrid have emerged as dark horses in the competition, arguably displacing Borussia Dortmund as many fans’ second favourite team this season. Their rise and performances this season have been outstanding.

The draw against Chelsea means we see a repeat of the 2012 Uefa Super Cup match in which Atletico emerged as surprise winners following a hat-trick from Radamel Falcao.

This time around, Atletico are without the Colombian forward, but are able to call on a striker in Diego Costa who is equally effective. With the experience of having won in Europe already coupled with the belief Diego Simeone has instilled in his players, this tie with Chelsea is sure to produce another surprise.

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