Atletico have more desire than Chelsea, claims Gabi
Atletico Madrid captain Gabi claims Diego Simeone's men have more desire than Jose Mourinho's Chelsea
Gabi believes Atletico Madrid have more desire than Chelsea ahead of the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Los Rojiblancos are currently four points clear at the top of La Liga after a 2-0 victory over Elche on Friday night.
The Blues warmed up for the last-four clash with a shock 2-1 loss to 20th-placed Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
And Manchester United target Gabi called on Diego Simeone’s men to make the most of their superior desire at Vicente Calderon.
“I don’t know about ability but we certainly have more desire and we have to try and exploit that,” Gabi said.
“We have to take advantage of playing the first game at home, as it can prove decisive ahead of playing the return leg.
“On Tuesday we can take a huge step towards the final – but we must produce on the pitch.”
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
• Atletico have taken on English sides 21 times, winning eight, drawing eight and losing five. At home their record is W5 D4 L0. In seven two-legged ties with English clubs in Uefa competition, Atletico have won five and lost two.
• Chelsea’s record away to Liga opposition is W3 D6 L5; overall their record is W14 D11 L7. In two-legged Uefa competition ties their record is W4 L5.
• Atletico have won all five home games in this season’s competition, most recently a 1-0 triumph against barcelona in the quarter-final second leg that secured a 2-1 aggregate win
• Chelsea have won one of their four European semi-finals against Spanish opponents. In the Champions League, they beat Barcelona in 2011/12 having lost to the same opponents in 2009; in the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup they lost to Mallorca (1999) and Real Zaragoza (1995).