Winners and Losers of Champions League Semifinal Draw
The UEFA Champions League semifinal draw has been made, with Real Madrid hosting Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid hosting Chelsea in the first round of matches.
With any draw, teams and players can be designated winners or losers in accordance with the result. Who drew the short straw? Who got the easier tie? Which team appear to be in a lose-lose situation regardless of their actions?
Here, B/R takes a look and analyses the results from Nyon, Switzerland.
Winner: The City of Lisbon
Portugal are proud of their great footballing exports. Their patriotism was fully on show when the country mourned the passing of Eusebio in unison this year, as BBC Sport illustrated.
The UEFA Champions League semifinal has thrown up the possibility of a Real Madrid vs. Chelsea final. Should they beat their respective opponents, that would see Lisbon, the host city, treated to the homecoming of two Portuguese footballing greats.
Firmly entrenched at the helm of the Blues, Jose Mourinho would meet Seleccao captain and legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently doubles the Champions League goal tally of any individual remaining in the competition.
Atletico Madrid were the team to avoid in the semifinals (not that any tie is particularly easy), and for Chelsea, they were the worst possible matchup.
The Blues have often struggled to break down compact, defensive teams this season. They play far, far better on the counterattack. Los Colchoneros will surrender possession and sit deep, forcing Jose Mourinho's men to break them down.
With Diego Godin leading the line and Gabi clogging the midfield, this is the fixture where Chelsea's lack of quality strikers could finally hurt them in irreparable fashion.
Winner: Neutral Fans
Both Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea are close to 50-50 calls.
As nervous as fans attached to the clubs may get, the neutrals know they're in for an entertaining ride in both matches.
Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone's clash—both on a tactical and personal level—should be a fascinating watch, while Bayern and Real Madrid are broadly perceived to be the two best teams in football.
It doesn't matter what happens; we've got five great games (including the final) to come.
Loser: Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid may have drawn a nice tactical matchup in Chelsea, but they've got some tough decisions to make regarding on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian has been on loan at the Vicente Calderon from the Blues for several years and is a key man in Atletico's squad. It was originally thought that they would have to pay £5 million for him to be eligible to play against his parent club, but UEFA have confirmed the clause is "unenforceable."
Even if Atletico win the battle and are able to field Courtois, it could have a serious effect on Chelsea's willingness to sell the goalkeeper on a permanent basis this summer.
It's basically a lose-lose.
Winner: Diego Costa
Diego Costa should be fit for the UEFA Champions League semifinals and will have the chance to strut his stuff in front of the world.
He'll visit Stamford Bridge and play 90 minutes if he's healthy, and anybody who's thinking of signing him will be afforded a nice, close look at the Spaniard.
The 33-goal striker seems to be the solution to many Premier League forward woes, with strong rumours from the Daily Mail linking Chelsea to the target man.
If he impresses, he's set for a £40 million English move. If he doesn't, there are worse clubs to stay at—and likely be given a pay raise with—than Atletico Madrid!
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