[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE]
Defense-minded Chelsea got the result it was looking for, settling for a 0-0 tie in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League series at
Atletico, playing in the semifinals of Europe's biggest competition for the first time in 40 years, was the aggressor but could not score against Chelsea, which has a
history of holding off more fancied teams.
Even the loss of goalkeeper Petr Cech
with an injury to his right shoulder in the 15th minute did not
unsettled Jose Mourinho
's Blues at the Vicente Calderon.
Both teams will lose players for the second legs as Atletico captain Gabi
and Chelsea midfielders Frank Lampard
and John Obi Mikel
were cautioned and will
be suspended for yellow-card accumulation.
For Chelsea, which already went into the game with a reduced squad, the injuries continue to mount up. Besides Cech, longtime defender Jon
went off injured, and both will miss the rest of the season.