Atletico Madrid are in top form, Diego Costa warns Chelsea

Diego Costa warns Chelsea that Atletico Madrid head to Stamford Bridge in "top form" ahead of Champions League clash

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Spain striker Diego Costa Photo: D Delgado/Wikimedia

Diego Costa has warned Chelsea that Atletico Madrid travel to Stamford Bridge in their “best form” ahead of their Champions League semi-final showdown.

The La Liga side were kept out by Jose Mourinho’s men at the Vicente Calderon last week as the Blues sealed a goalless draw in the first leg of the last-four clash.

But striker Costa, who has been heavily linked with a transfer to Chelsea in the summer, is expecting a different encounter in west London.

“The game will be a little bit different to how [Chelsea] set up at the Calderon,” said Costa.

“I believe they will have to come out a bit more. We are going there in our best form, and we believe we have a chance to do something really big.”

Chelsea v Atletico Madrid: Pre-match facts

• Chelsea have won only one of their four previous Uefa competition semi-finals against Spanish opponents, against Barcelona in the 2011-12 Champions League semi-finals. They lost to the same opponents in that competition in 2009 and, in the Cup Winners’ Cup, against Mallorca (1998/99) and Real Zaragoza (1994-95).

• Diego Simeone’s men have won three and drawn two of their five away games in this season’s competition and have won ten of their last 14 away games in European competition, losing just two.

• Born in the Madrid suburb of Fuenlabrada, Fernando Torres became Atletico’s youngest captain at 19 and scored 84 goals in 214 Liga appearances for the Rojiblancos before joining Liverpool in 2007.

• Samuel Eto’o’s 12 goals in all competitions this season have all come at home.

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