Chelsea drew Atletico Madrid in this year's Champions League semi-final. So does this, among other factors, mean the Blues are on course to become European champions again? Here are four reasons why that may be so:
1. They've done it before
Very few Chelsea fans could forget their team's heroics in the Champions League two years ago. The Blues managed to overturn a two-goal deficit against Napoli in the round of 16 and managed to keep Pep Guardiola's Barcelona at bay for over 180 minutes of football over two legs before pulling off one of Europe's major upsets to beat Bayern Munich in their own stadium to lift their first ever Champions League trophy.
Many members of that Chelsea team still boss the Bridge today, with the likes of Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres ever present in Chelsea's ranks. Experience counts for a lot in European football and Chelsea will have no problem in terms of Champions League winning experience.
2. Jose Mourinho
Since the return of Mourinho in the summer, Chelsea have looked a completely different side -one worthy of Mourinho's genius. The Blues are back in the running for Champions League glory after a year out in the Europa League under Rafa Benitez and Mourinho has once again transformed the side just like he did upon his initial arrival in 2004.
Mourinho's CV makes for impressive reading; he's a two-time Champions League winner with Porto and Inter Milan and his tactical genius proven in the tournament this year could mean he is able to add to his ever growing collection of winners medals this year.
3. Big players
If you're going to win the greatest prize in European football, you're going to need big players that either have the experience or just simply the talent to take on the world's best.
Samuel Eto'o - a three-time Champions League winner with Barcelona and Inter Milan - was added to Chelsea's squad in the summer and could be key to their success in the competition this year.
Of course, Chelsea have plenty of other Champions League winners in their ranks from their 2012 team, which is important in order to make an impression on the European stage.
Chelsea's squad is a one mixed with 'been there done that' players and young talented one - a perfect mix for a team aspiring to become European Champions.
4. 'Favourable' draw
It's no secret that Chelsea fans would've picked a semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid rather than the likes of Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
Of course, I'm not underestimating Atletico's ability to beat Chelsea or even win the competition but they have a lot to focus on this season, what with their title challenge in La Liga.
They could surrender their Champions League chances to focus on claiming their first Spanish league title since 2002. Atetico will be playing the first leg at home, which could give Chelsea the edge as the deciding game will be at Stamford Bridge, once again a fortress under Mourinho's reign. Ultimately, it could mean Chelsea have it slightly easier in terms of reaching the final.
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